Our Souls Wait

We hurried ahead.

We turned to a friend.

We counted on a coworker.

We had confidence in family.

But our soul waited, knowing the only real hope was in the Lord. All along we possessed the rope on which we could climb safely out of the pit. All along we had free and continuous access to emergency service, always on time, always exactly what we need, always customized to our specific personal situation. All along our soul knew this truth, and it waited. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. Psalm 62:1

But what about our minds, our mouths, our hands? They race ahead, complaining to a friend, trusting a coworker, depending on family. What shock it is to us when they can’t help us! They fail to meet our need. They don’t understand when we were so sure they would. Their interests are not our interests. Our confusion and disappointment slow us down, sometimes stopping us in our tracks. Yet, still, our soul waits for the salvation that only comes from God. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken. Psalm 62:2

Our soul! Oh, yes, that which happened when the God of the universe said, “Let us make mankind in our image, according to our likeness.” Our soul that waits for God, knowing that He is our help and shield. Our soul that responds to His voice alone. Our soul that cannot be made whole and cannot be satisfied apart from the One who made it. Our soul which cries out for relief, hungering to have a fresh encounter with our Lord.

So personal is this hunger for God that no soul can be filled for another. Each soul has to have its own refreshing time with our Maker. God’s Spirit is urging and molding and drawing each soul toward the only One who can help, the only One who can shield. The waiting and the response is at the center of our most intimate relationship with our Creator. He is already there, and is waiting for an awakening of our soul to His presence.

So our response from the depth of our soul is to wait on the God who loves us with everlasting love, and who is already present with us. For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God. Psalm 62:5-7

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