I'm sure that by now most of you who are reading this know how much I enjoy my coffee. I remember as a boy the glass percolator on the stove top. Brewing the coffee took time, but it was well worth the wait. Today, I still wait for my coffee. Thanks to advances in technology and a gift from my brother, my coffee maker grinds the coffee beans and brews the pot. It still requires waiting, however, and some additional work. I have to make sure that everything is cleaned out, the beans are placed in the proper location, the filter is placed correctly. It takes time to grind and brew. You may think I'm crazy, but I have even thought about finding a source for coffee beans to roast myself.
Patience is something we reject in our culture, as we are accustomed to demanding instant gratification. We want things fast, we want them now. It's easy to forget that our character benefits when we experience delay and anticipation.
In Psalm 40, David reminds us of the necessity of waiting, patiently, upon the Lord. "But," we say, "I want things now. He does not know my circumstances... I need things to change now." Because we are used to getting things instantly, we have come to believe that life is filled with all sorts of little emergencies. We become stressed because we need an answer, we need a solution, we need some resources, we need - or so we think - things to happen now. The problem is that God's timing is not always in line with what we perceive our need to be. And we try to get ahead of God.
David reminds us of the rich rewards that belong to those who wait patiently upon the Lord. David says, "I waited patiently for the Lord, He inclined to me and heard my cry ..." God heard David's cry, and He acted. David then enumerates a whole list of blessings:
"He drew me out of the miry bog, he set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure." He rescued David from destruction, and removed instability by making his steps secure. Verse three goes on to say, "He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God, many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord." These benefits far outweigh the inconvenience of waiting.
The difficulty for us is that our eyes are often on ourselves and our circumstances, rather than on the God who is greater than our circumstances. He is the Sovereign Lord of the universe, the One who created it, and He is able to defend and deliver us. We can depend upon Him, for He has proved Himself to be faithful. He has given to us His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, in Whom there is life everlasting, and through Whom we can know deliverance from destruction.
When was the last time that you waited upon the Lord? I mean, really waited? Did you grow tired and weary? Perhaps it was because you lost sight of the One who is able to deliver you. Don't forget, the people of God waited millennia for the promised Messiah. Perhaps you are in the midst of difficult times even now. Let me encourage you to wait, and to wait patiently. In Isaiah 40:31 we read, "...they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." How important it is to wait, to trust in the God who is able. The waiting is not easy, but it produces a rich reward. Whatever difficulty you may be facing, I want to encourage you to wait patiently upon the Lord, trusting in His son, Jesus Christ, in Whom alone is life. Keep waiting. You will not be disappointed.