Praying and Waiting in Expectation

Psalm 5:1-3: Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

This psalm of David is one that I turn to often, especially during my morning quiet time with God. The words of this psalm always gives me comfort that God is in charge of all His creation – He is my “King and my God”.  This sacred text also offers me hope and trust in God – a belief that God knows what is best for my life and that He will lead me into a place of joy and contentment.

How often do you cry out to God for help as David did in this psalm? We desperately seek God when things around us seem to be falling apart. We seek out answers from God over the worries of a rebellious child, a job loss, financial difficulty, or distressing medical news about ourselves or a loved one.  We are way past the asking stage – we are literally crying out to God, pleading for some comfort or guidance. The realization has set in that we can’t do life on our own and events seem to be spiraling out of control. We recognize that only God can once again set things right.

 So, “in the morning”, when the dark of night has faded and new hope rises with the sun, we “lay our requests” before God and we “wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3). We are reminded that God does indeed hear our prayers but this does not mean that our requests will be answered immediately. In fact, God may answer our prayers in a completely different way. Either way, we are told throughout scripture to endure in persistent prayer.

And then comes the hard part – we must wait. It’s not easy for people living in today’s society to wait. Everything around us moves at a rapid pace and we do not like to wait. Whether it’s waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting for the traffic light to turn green, we despise waiting. Many of us are even impatient with waiting in church – even there we want the service to move at a faster pace. We are told in this psalm to not only wait but to “wait in expectation”.  

As believers, we are instructed to wait and place our faith and trust in our King and our God. We must have confidence that God hears our requests and that He will give us the hope and patience to wait so that He can make known to us the transforming work that is already taking place in the background of our lives. Don’t despair and don’t give up – God hears your prayers and God will remain faithful to never leave you or forsake you.  May the peace of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ reign in your life and fill you with hope, joy, patience and peace.


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