Who is it that designs waiting rooms? The colors are subdued, the walls are mostly bare, and often the magazines are out of date. It does not help that the chairs are sometimes hard and the lighting fluorescent. Waiting rooms are not easy places to wait. Why not have color and noise and distractions to keep our minds occupied? Focusing on what we are awaiting only makes the time drag.
Our verse for today is all about waiting. David is waiting to see God’s goodness. He is seeking His face for mercy and help. David knows that there can be no courage or bravery on his part without that wait. He waits with expectation that God will come through for him. His hope is based on God’s character and God’s promises to him.
When I wait to see God’s goodness I want to wait the way David did. He did not seek color, noise or distractions to get him through the wait. Nor did he focus on the problem of his enemies. Instead, he thought about who God is; his Light, his Salvation, his Refuge. He remembered God’s promises to him (verse 8). David was able to move through the wait with a strong heart, full of confidence. That is what I want to do.
Some waits are particularly difficult. Concentrating on that looming problem with no apparent solution only makes the wait seem longer. I want my waiting room to be wallpapered with His promises and reassurances of His character. Keep my heart strong, Lord, while I wait for You.