I have never met a person who enjoys waiting in line. I know I do not, especially when I constantly check the time or shift position to be more comfortable. I tell myself I have better things to do. The time seems to drag, I am bored, frustrated and wishing I had brought something to occupy my mind. But the wait is bearable when two things are true: the wait will be worth it and something worthwhile can happen during the wait.
In today’s verse David is waiting for the Lord to act on his behalf. He is surrounded by enemies, the wicked and his foes (verse 2). David remains confident while he waits because he believes he will again see the goodness of the Lord (verse 15). To see the goodness of the Lord once more makes the waiting worthwhile. And something David is doing while waiting is making that wait bearable; he is in the Temple gazing on the beauty of the Lord (verse 4). That long wait is doable as David finds strength and takes heart in the Lord’s presence.
There are different ways to wait for God to answer my prayer. I can question, doubt or tap my foot in impatience. I can wonder if He hears me or if He even cares. I can give up and stop asking. Or, like David I can be strong through the wait and take heart. It is worth the wait when I can be confident of again seeing proof of His goodness. And the time waiting is never wasted when it is spent in His presence and in gazing on Him.
Lord, may I never doubt Your goodness and Your timing. Help me wait with confidence!