Watchmen Wait for the Morning

KIMG2285Psalm 130:6 I wait for the Lord more than the watchmen wait for the morning, more than the watchmen wait for the morning!

Unlike the rhyme of English, Hebrew poetry relies among other things on repetition. Each repetition is like increasing the size of the exclamation point at the end of the phrase. Though God needs only say things once, on those occasions when He chooses to speak twice, He is responding to our need to focus on a specific subject and so He tells us again.

The subject of waiting is one that transcends cultural and geographic boundaries. None of us naturally likes to wait. We are all born with an impatience written into the code of our DNA. “My way – right away!” seems to be the motto by which we live more and more. But in Psalm 130 we see that the writer, King David has been to God’s school of patience.

If you , like myself are still in some of the lower grades in that school, be encouraged that you are enrolled in the right university. God allows us to pass through struggles and hardships today so that one day we can stand out on the shoreline and see the dawn  of His patience in our lives.

In  the 5th chapter of Romans the Apostle Paul lists for us the curriculum we will need in God’s classroom

Romans 5:3-4 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope

Ouch, the first chapters of the patience seminar begins with suffering! But don’t drop out! Keep on because every chapter gets better. We will move on to patient endurance, then integrity of character, then finally push through to genuine hope! That patient endurance that David had learned did not just come in the mail. God trained him through years of difficulty. Each of us daily face circumstances that we will have to battle through. If we will choose to stay in the fight as King David did, then one day we will join him and all the others who can hold in our hands the diploma of God’s Hope!


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