I don’t know about you, but I feel like this last year I have waited in traffic more than I have in all of the years I have lived in Fort Worth. It’s frustrating. Waiting is no fun. But when I read this psalm I am reminded that there are some very good things about this idea of waiting.
There was a time when you were waiting for your Savior. You might not have known you were waiting. You just knew there was something missing in your life and you wished you could figure out how to find that missing puzzle piece. The psalmist here reminds us of some of the emotions that confront us as we wait to meet with God.
We recognize the depths of our sins. Even if we try to rationalize our sins away, deep inside we know that we don’t feel good about them. We recognize that our soul is thirsty. Even if we try to fill it with worldly things, deep inside we know that we are not satisfied.
These are good things to experience when we are in a waiting period. In this dark place we begin to look for the light. And Jesus is there. We learn that He alone is the answer to our neediness.
The psalmist also recognized that the Lord would change His life. God would listen to his cries. God would forgive him of his sins. Surrounded by the presence of God, the psalmist would find true love. Now he would wait with a hope that anticipated all that the Lord provides. He knew that the Lord would one day redeem Israel from his iniquities.
On Christmas day this is our celebration! As a child in a manger, God made His abundant redemption available to all mankind. The waiting was over.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the Law, to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
– Galatians 4:4-5
When we embrace this Savior into our lives, we wait for nothing spiritually. His love and forgiveness is ours. His mercies overwhelm us. His Word sustains us. These are the eternal gifts that Jesus brings us. We celebrate these truths at Christmas. That’s why it is a merry day indeed.
I cannot tell, why He who angels worship, should set His love upon the sons of men,
or why as Shepherd, He should seek the wanderers, to bring them back, they know not how or when. But this I know, that He was born of Mary, when Bethlehem’s manger was His only home,
and that He lived at Nazareth and labored, and so the Savior, Savior of the world is come.
May the Savior of the world fill your heart this day with the joys of His love!