Scripture: Psalm 62
Key verse: (1) “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.”
Reflection: “What are you waiting for?” Sometimes that question is posed in a way to prompt action. “What are you waiting for; go for it!” Other times it’s an introspective question aimed more at defining hopes and dreams. “What are you waiting for today in your life?” For this morning’s devotional, I’d like to consider the question in the latter sense. What are you waiting for today in your life?
We wait for many things in our lifetimes. Some of our waits are more freighted than others. In high school, we wait for SAT scores, then we wait on college admissions decisions. We wait for grades to define how well we’ve done, or not. As we move out into the world, we wait to hear about job possibilities. We wait on promotions or pay raises or new opportunities. Relationally, we wait for communication from that special someone that might take a relationship forward. As life marches on, we may wait for different kinds of test results to define a course of treatment. Then we wait to see if the treatment is effective. We wait for change to come in our lives, our community, our nation, our world. Waiting is a central part of life. In the words of that famous poet-theologian, Tom Petty, “The waiting is the hardest part.”
Behind our waiting we discover our hopes. Waiting for grades or test scores or college admission or job offers reveals a hope for success and significance in our lives. Waiting for those different test results, we hope for healing, for life in its fullness. Waiting for that communication reveals our longing for relationship. Our waiting reveals our hopes.
“For God alone my soul waits in silence,” writes the Psalmist. Psalm 62 reframes all our worldly waiting within God, for God alone is “our rock and our salvation.” Whatever we are waiting for today, may we remember that God alone holds our tomorrows. Whatever news comes, good or bad, longed for or feared, God is present. In the words of the Psalmist, “Trust in God at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”
Prayer: Whatever we are waiting for today, O Lord, may we trust your presence with us to face whatever tomorrow holds, knowing you hold our tomorrows, knowing we can trust you with them for you have revealed your steadfast love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.
Author: Joe Clifford
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].