WAITING AND WORSHIP
In order to go I need to stop. On Your path, FATHER, there is no such thing as moving ahead on auto pilot.
“Prayer is the solace of the soul…we can not be said to wait upon God without prayer; for prayer is the fixing of the eye, the outgoing of the heart, the breathing of the spirit, the cry of the soul” James Smith (ref#303).
The hard part about being obedient to You is waiting for Your instructions. Not only do You require I give You a piece of my precious 24 hours, but I must clean out all thoughts in my head that are self-centered.
I must resign to give up all I’m doing or want to do selfishly. HOLY FATHER, You will only talk to a holy vessel. CHRIST and the SPIRIT make possible my holiness. I thank them for their help.
Waiting empty and clean propels me into worship. Reflecting on what You have done for me—reflecting on Who You are…
“…the natural reason to praise God is for what he has done for me. This is okay, but doesn’t go far enough….God deserves praise simply because he is God. The…focal point for our thoughts is not our deep longings but…is…the immeasurably great ‘God of glory’ (Acts 7:2)” Edward T. Welch (ref#106, p154).
So, FATHER, aid me that I might wait for You, draw me into worship instead of work. Worshipping births no specific instructions for the day, but produces a new character in me that is ready to follow You in obedience each moment. How I love to be in Your presence. What work? I just want to be where You are.
WAIT ON THE LORD
“…prepare your heart…stretch out your hands toward him” (Job 11:13 ESV).
“If but your ear be open, and your thoughts brought into subjection, and your heart prepared in silence to wait upon God, and to hear what He speaks, He will reveal to you His secrets” Andrew Murray (ref#266, p119).
“In his Autobiography George Muller gives a striking testimony:…if honesty of heart and uprightness before God were lacking, or if I did not patiently wait before God for instruction or if I preferred the counsel of my fellowmen to the declarations of the Word of the Living God, I made great mistakes” David McIntyre (ref#65, p108).
“The Lord intends to keep his people dependent upon himself. He has everything they can need. He intends to supply all their needs; but he will be applied to. He will have his people wait on him, and wait for him” James Smith (ref#303).
“Wait on Him first to realize His presence….Wait on Him for cleansing….Ask God to search your heart….Stand upon the firm ground of 1 John 1:9 and claim God’s faithfulness to forgive whatever specific thing you confess….God won’t be speaking to you if there is something between you and someone else that you haven’t planned to take care of at the earliest possible moment….As you wait on God, ask for the power of concentration….Next, wait on God to worship Him. Psalms 103, 111, and 145 are wonderful portions to follow as you praise the Lord for the greatness of His power. Most of the psalms are prayers. Or turn to Revelation, chapters 4 and 5, and use them in your praise to Him. There is no better way to pray scripturally than to pray Scripture” Lorne Sanny (ref#302, p194-195).
“To wait is not to sit with folded hands, but to learn to do what we are told” Oswald Chambers (ref#7, Aug 1st).
“Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long” (Ps 25:4-5 ESV).