Daily D – 2 Samuel 5:3-4
So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron. King David made a covenant with them at Hebron in the LORD’s presence, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty, years old when he began his reign; he reigned for forty years.
2 SAMUEL 5:3-4 (CSB)
Two refrains accompany one another in the pages of the Bible. God’s message to individuals and groups alike is often, “Wait.” Individuals and groups, likewise, often ask, “How long, O LORD?”
Psalm 13 is one of those texts where a mighty man of valor, the king in waiting, asked, “How long?” This is how he begins:
How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long will I store up anxious concerns within me,
agony in my mind every day?
How long will my enemy dominate me?
David had been successful in everything he had done. Lion, bear, and giant? Every battle he fought, he won. He also became the Hide-and-Seek champion of Israel as he always managed to escape from his father-in-law King Saul who wanted to kill him.
In those long years of waiting, half of his life until he was finally crowned king, he prayed. He sang. And he waited some more.
Consider me and answer, LORD my God.
Restore brightness to my eyes;
otherwise, I will sleep in death.
My enemy will say, “I have triumphed over him,”
and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
Waiting is hard. It is especially challenging when you are not merely paranoid and someone really is out to get you. How do we handle these kinds of problems?
But I have trusted in your faithful love;
my heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
I will sing to the LORD
because he has treated me generously.
We can do what David did. We can remember how generous and gracious God has been to us in the past. As good and kind as he was then, so is he today. His goodness and kindness are worth the wait.
Waiting creates capacity. It enlarges the space in our lives only God can fill. It stimulates hunger and thirst nothing but God can satisfy. Waiting on God is a grace.
What are you waiting for? If you are waiting on God to fulfill a deep desire in your heart that honors him and serves others, keep waiting and be prepared for that special moment when God says, “Go.”
I will wait and I will be ready when he says, “Go.”
Our Father, stretch us as far as necessary to learn how dependable and trustworthy you are. Enlarge our capacity for your goodness. Turn our desires away from anything that would challenge the satisfaction we find in you alone. We will wait on you, and we will go when you say, “Go.” Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.