每日诗歌: 等候神 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVWn2HMWXNc)
Psalm 128 [Read]
Psalm 129 [Read]
Psalm 130 [Read]
Psalm 131 [Read]
Corinthians 7:25-40 [Read]
Waiting is not easy. As I grow older, I have become more appreciative to those people who can wait. This is totally against the culture today, for the speed of obtaining information could determine success or failure in the business world. However, I find that patience is always a virtue when we deal with people. In the Bible, this is especially true when it comes to dealing with God.
Psalm 130 along with Psalm 62 is my favorite psalms about waiting. The psalmist is calling on the LORD to save him from the deep (Ps 130:1), and the trouble he is in seems to have something to do with sin (130:3). Therefore, he is waiting for the forgiveness of God to release him from deep sorrow (130:4). He calls on his heart to wait for the LORD (130:5). It’s not just waiting, but waiting with a certainty like that of the watchmen waiting for the daybreak (130:6). The sunlight always comes at the dawn, and it will be another brand new day. All the sins will be forgiven, and God’s people will be redeemed according to his faithfulness and love (130:7-8).
In a sense, Paul is telling the Corinthians to wait before making any hasty move. “Are you married? Do not seek a divorce. Are you unmarried? Do not look for a wife” (1Cor 7:27). One may easily misconstrued Paul’s saying as being negative towards marriage. However, the overall sentiment here is to put our hope in the Lord. Many breakups of marriage are caused by people running out of patience due to unwarranted expectations, and some, if not all, of those can be avoided if we can simply focus our eyes onto the Lord and focus on our own sanctification. I believe that is what Paul is saying with “but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord” (7:35). If both husband and wife can devote to the Lord and his teaching, their marriage can most certainly be saved.
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him” (Ps 62:5). Waiting does not mean anxiously doing nothing. Waiting actually means to rest in God and in him alone, knowing that his grace is sufficient to sustain us through any difficult situation. Be it marriage or remaining single, our hope is the same. Our hope comes from the Lord. Amen.
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