Great Expectations

1 Give ear to my words, O LORD,consider my sighing.

2 Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.

3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

7 But I, by your great mercy, will come into your house; in reverence will I bow down toward your holy temple.

12 For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

Psalm 5:1-2, 3,7,12

Don’t you just love the Psalmist David? David always seems to speak so candidly and we can identify so much with his feelings that it seems almost as if he has read our minds. He begins this Psalm by asking God to consider his sighing. I thought that was so appropriate to my circumstances! Surely I come before the Lord with sighs! Sighs for this and that : what’s going wrong, what I want, etc. It seems that I am always sighing and through those sighs I am asking – crying for God to help me. I lay my requests before Him and wait in expectation. But there is something I see in verse 3: the expectation thrills me because there is a certainty lying in the expectation. Although I am sighing, although I am praying, when I lay my requests before Him I wait. I wait because I KNOW that He will come through! I wait with expectation because I know that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him! I wait because I KNOW that He WILL show up! Therefore, when I come into His house, I bow down in reverence. He is omnipotent – there is nothing that He can’t do! I am so not worthy to even come before Him but it’s by His mercy (not giving me what I deserve) that I can enter into His presence and bow before Him. Through my waiting, through my expectation I know that He will bless and surround me with His favor and it will protect me as a shield!

While you wait with great expectation, bow down and bask in His mercy and favor!

c/2008 Candie A. Price

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