When You’re Still Waiting
Simeon and Anna waited their whole lives for the Savior who would shine in the darkness.
My church family waits for the return of those loved college students and one to return from Africa for Christmas break.
A friend waits to hear the doctor’s results for her diagnosis of cancer.
David also spent up close and personal time with waiting. In Psalm 69, he was weary with his crying, his throat was parched, and his eyes failed while he waited for his God.
He described some of his trials in this way:
I have sunk in deep mire and there is no foothold.
I have come into deep waters and a flood overflows me.
God, you know my folly.
I have become estranged from my brothers.
Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick.
I looked for sympathy, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none.
After honestly communicating about his problems to God, the Psalmist prays,
“I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving.”
Amidst all of his waiting and heartache, David displays a heartbeat of praise. I couldn’t stop thinking about the word, “magnify.” It means to amplify, intensify, to extol, to celebrate in praise, to declare GREAT.
That struggle in my life that feels like deep mire? That desire I’m waiting for that makes my eyes fail? That person that reproaches me?
It is the very thing God wants to use to put Himself on display in my life. To praise Him in that struggle, is to declare Him greater than anything we face.
A David-type prayer would be rich with praise and thanksgiving.
“Lord, you know that I don’t want this trouble. But no matter what, may Your name be magnified. Thank you for this struggle I’m waiting to be delivered from. Whether you answer yes or no, whether I wait for two more hours or two more years, may You be on display in my life. May you be praised for Your lovingkindness and compassion.”
O magnify the Lord with me this December, and let us exalt His name together (Psalm 34:3) even while we wait for His answer.
Abigail Prigge is a freelance writer and homeschool grad from the enchanting Idaho’s Treasure Valley. She is the founder of A Time 2 Write where she blogs and coaches writing. She enjoys making cards, quoting Jane Austen, studying God’s Word, playing volleyball, skiing at Bogus Basin, and coffee dates.