Have you ever seen a cat watch and wait for his prey? The total concentration is surprising as they lay in wait. Every muscle is tensed and the pupils are wide in anticipation. The patient focus of a determined cat is amazing! Our cat, Tiger, used to spend much of his time in the yard crouched in readiness. And often, just before he pounced his whole back end would quiver in excitement!
Today’s verse is a statement of faith and trust of the one who cries out to the Lord for mercy. Faith is most evident when there is waiting involved for a response. And when we wait it is with our whole being, putting our hope in His sure and infallible Word. We wait for the Lord to act more than the wait of the watchmen (verse 6). They guard a sleepy city by watching and peering into the distance as they wait for the morning. Our wait will not last forever. As morning comes for the watchmen ending their shift, so we will eventually see His Word fulfilled!
I have been watching and waiting for a response to a particular prayer request for thirteen years! My morning has come with His incredible answer! I could wait with hope because of His unfailing love and His full redemption (verse 7). But there remains more reasons to watch and wait with unfulfilled promises in my life. I am encouraged though to persevere having seen Him respond! One day there will be no more watching and waiting. One day, there will be no more need to hope as every hope will be realized in His presence!
Lord, thank you that I can wait with hope.