Day 39: February 8, 2019
Wait on the Lord—What Are We Waiting For?
This is the second time in verse 14 we are told to wait. We wait for many things in our life. We wait for major events like graduations, weddings, the birth of a child, or retirement. We wait to reach a certain age to obtain certain privileges. Most recently in our house, that would be Reece waiting for his driver’s license, which he just received. (You’ve been warned!) Kids wait for birthdays, Christmas morning, and summer vacation. We wait for traffic lights (my personal patience training ground), DMV workers (we’ve all been there), and tax refunds. It seems we spend a good portion of our lives waiting.
Throughout the Bible, God’s people waited for Him. The Israelites waited for God to release them from captivity in Egypt, to be taken into the Promised Land, to again be released from captivity in Babylon, and finally for their Messiah to come. Here in Psalm 27, David is waiting on God for the victory that He has promised. Similarly, today the church is waiting for the manifestation of the victory already won by Christ on the cross, which will be ushered in when Christ raptures His church. But are we waiting or, even greater, longing for this event to be with Christ? Do we wake each day with the first thought that today might be the day Christ raptures His church or takes me home—that today is the day I will be with Him?
In Psalm 42, the psalmist wrote, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My soul pants for you.” And in Philippians 1:23, Paul wrote, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.” Christ promised us that He would not leave us as orphans but that He would come back for us. Christ is preparing, waiting, and longing to be with us, but can we say the same of us about Him?
1. Does the thought of being with Christ dominate your thinking and prayers? When your mind is free, does it gravitate to Christ, or to worldly things? Be honest.
2. If your mind does not naturally flow to thoughts of Christ, what do you think the reason is?
3. Assuming you would like your thoughts to move naturally to Christ, how can you have this?
4. David waited for victory over his enemies. Today, our enemy is already defeated, but we wait for this realization when our sinful flesh is removed. What are you longing for as you wait for eternity with Christ? Make a list.
Praise and Worship—Praise God for those things you listed in your response to question 4.
Confession and Help—Confess that you do not long to be with Christ as He should be longed for and that eternity with Him does not dominate your thoughts. Ask Him to reveal those things that you trust in or desire more than Him, and ask Him to take them away.
Intercession—Pray for our church, that we would be people anxiously and actively thirsting for Christ to return.
CHURCH-WIDE PRAYER FOCUS:
Pray that every group at Harvest—community groups, men's, women's, ministry teams, etc.—will not just go about doing things in a routine manner but will strive together to make Harvest a house of prayer.
Pray for these Harvesters:
Scott & Andrea Torres, Boston, Bailey, Bryce, & Brooks
Dean & Nancy Treadwell
Ben & Michelle Truitt, Lilly, Heath, Violet, & Parry