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As You Wish, My Lord


Psalm 130

Verse 5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.


We talked yesterday about being a servant to His Lordship and then the psalmist turns his focus a little to what serving Him looks like.


Part of serving is waiting. It isn’t the most popular part of serving but it is a vital part. This isn’t necessarily talking about waiting as we do when sitting in the waiting room at the doctor. This waiting is more like that done by servants awaiting their next task because in essence that is what we are doing.


When we see Jesus as Lord of our lives, as we should, we will be in this position of waiting on His direction. It doesn’t matter what is being asked, if He is our Lord then we will act when He says to. Waiting on Him is not meaning we are to be totally inactive. We are to be attentive to Him and that means paying attention to His movement.


This may be the very issue we deal with in our spiritual life. We get so involved with the things of this world that we stop being so attentive to Him. We see things that we desire to do and miss that we have things that we need to be noticing about what He is doing. A good servant knows their master well enough to anticipate what they need before it is asked for. This doesn’t come through some unexplainable source, it comes through intense study.


We learn to serve God most effectively when we know Him personally. Just as a servant can know their master without being equal to them in status, we can know Him as master but are not equal with Him. Our bosses would not be considered a superior if we had equal status and the military would be a mess if there were not those with higher rank. Jesus is our high-ranking officer and we need to remember to listen to His commands.


The psalmist says that it is in the Lord’s word that he puts his hope. This is the message he wanted the singers to remember on their way to worship in the festival. He is the master. We need to be attentive to His desires and that means knowing Him through knowing His Word. He is our hope!


Making It Personal

How important is knowing the Lord to you? Do you know Him well enough to know what He is going to want you to do? What keeps you from knowing Him and His Word better?


Making It Personal Kids

Why is it important to think of Jesus as Lord? How can you know what Jesus wants you to do? Do you want to know Jesus better?


Closing Prayer

Father, we confess that we haven’t always been attentive to You and Your will. Give us an ever increasing desire to know You and a bigger desire to do Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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