Psalm 62:5-8, “My soul, wait in silence for Elohe only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On Elohe my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in Elohe. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; Elohe is a refuge for us. Selah!
Oswald Chambers, author of My Utmost for His Highest, wrote; “To wait upon YHVH is the perfection of activity.”
I don’t know about you, but for me waiting is one of the hardest things to do. As people of action to wait for something is the epitome of non-action. Do you enjoy waiting… If you want something, you want it now, not in some far-distant, unknown future time, right?
Think, for a minute, about the life of King David. The prophet Samuel, at YHVH’s command, had anointed David to be king over Israel, thus striping the kingship from the house of Saul. David, when given repeated opportunities to kill King Saul and assume his place as Israel’s anointed king, refused to force YHVH’s hand. Long years of running and hiding from the endless pursuit of King Saul ensued for David and his followers. Do you think he might have wondered, “How long, O YHVH!”
With practically instant access to pretty much anything we might want these days, waiting has become an often frustrating and annoying experience. Instant gratification is the need of our flesh; and if what we want can come more quickly than instant that would be even better! Yet, Isaiah 40:31 says, “…those who wait for YHVH will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
YHVH is not about instant gratification, but He is about teaching us to wait on Him to bring about His plan and purpose for our life. What did those years of running and hiding in the wilderness do for David, the anointed king of Israel? I believe we can find the answer to that question in 1Chronicles 11:16-19, “…David was then in the stronghold, while the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. And David had a craving and said, ‘Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!’ So the three [mighty men] broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bethlehem which was by the gate, and took it and brought it to David; nevertheless David would not drink it, but poured it out to YHVH; and he said, ‘Be it far from me before my Elohe that I should do this. Shall I drink the blood of these men who went at the risk of their lives? For at the risk of their lives they brought it.’ Therefore he would not drink it.” His flesh wanted that water, he craved a drink of Bethlehem’s water, but when presented with this gift, which was gained at great jeopardy of life, he did not satisfy his own desire, but poured it out as an offering before YHVH.
We see a similar story with Yashua and the Samaritan woman. Yashua asked her for a drink and she began talking about the anomosity between her people and the Jews. Yashua cuts to the heart of the matter and says, “If you knew the gift of Elohe, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him and He would have given you living water… Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
Both this exchange with the Samaritan woman and David pouring out the water from the well at Bethlehem is about worship. Yashua said in verse 23 and 24 of John 3, that “an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship The Father in spirit and truth; for such people The Father seeks to be His worshipers. Elohe is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Instead of gratifying the flesh both David and Yashua chose the greater glory — the worship of waiting on YHVH. David waited upon YHVH and YHVH called him a man after His own heart; Yashua waited upon YHVH — “my time has not yet come” — and went to the cross, the Savior of mankind. If we were to emulate David and Yashua I wonder what might be said of us… Are we worshiping while we wait…