Our Soul Waits…

“The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity–hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory–because at the Father’s will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross.” -J.I. Packer


“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us, According as we have hoped in You.” (Psalm 33:20–22, NASB95)

What are you hoping for? What do you desire to take place, see, or experience? Is your hope anchored in a promise that is guaranteed to come to pass or just a wishful event? The nation of Israel knew Yahweh as their creator and preserver. Their confidence was in the hesed love of Yahweh, who delivered their soul from death and famine in the past, and the promise to do so in the future. Israel’s trust was in the personality, the promises, the provision and protection of Yahweh God, who does not disappoint (Rom. 5:3-5).

The difficult part of hope is the waiting. Waiting is an element of hoping, that requires confident patience. Rejoicing and worshipping is not the usual action of one who is waiting on the Lord, but often the end result of realizing that God has kept His Word. Perhaps instead of waiting for God to fulfill His promise to worship Him, we should worship Him right now because we trust in His Holy Name (vs.21). Just like the nation of Israel, God’s hesed love is already upon us, therefore we can worship Him today in anticipation of realizing His promises, provision and protection for tomorrow. While our soul waits, may our soul worship our God who does not disappoint.

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