all of them trying to kill me.
To them I’m just a broken-down wall
or a tottering fence.
They plan to topple me from my high position.
They delight in telling lies about me.
They praise me to my face
but curse me in their hearts.
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in Him.
He alone is my Rock and my Salvation,
my Fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in Him at all times.
Pour out your heart to Him,
for God is our refuge. ~ Psalm 62:1-8
Twice during this Psalm David speaks of his soul “waiting” or being “quiet” before God. This quietness, this silence is so significant. It is really difficult for me, at times, to be perfectly still before God.
I’ll never forget the first time I went to a classical piano concert. There was an electric silence when the musician came and sat at the piano. All of us in the concert hall were anticipating the moment when the silent instrument would be touched by the artist’s hand and the music would spring to life. The breathless anticipation… knowing the artist… knowing his reputation… ready to be transported by the music.
So, shouldn’t waiting on God be even more awesome? After all, He alone is my rock and my salvation. He is my refuge, where no enemy can reach me. In the present situation, I need a “Rock”… something solid! Someone to stand in my defense against the evil forces of the world, to protect me from all the subtle temptations of the world. I need Him as my defense against the enemy to my soul. Let all that I am wait quietly before God.
I compare the anticipation of hearing that concert music with the kind of anticipation I should have when I am “waiting” on the Lord. “Let all that I am wait quietly before God.” My soul pausing… waiting… anticipating in that electric silence the first touch of the Master Musician’s hand on the instrument of my soul.
I wait for Him with the expectation that He will keep His promises, He will fulfill His word… for my hope is in Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. It is the expectant heart that anticipates the windows of heaven opening and the blessing of God pouring down like rain. “Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10) Anticipate it!
If I anticipate it… expect it… quietly wait for it, He will not disappoint me. My hope is from Him… my expectation is from Him. The silence will break… the music will begin. After all… I am waiting for the touch of the Master Musician.