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Psalm 62:1: Watching and waiting

October 11, 2018

The Verse of the Day for October 11, 2018 comes from Psalm 62:1 in the New International Version:

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

Three other versions of the Bible provide additional insight into Psalm 62:1

Amplified Bible:
For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.

New King James Version:
Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.

New Living Translation:
I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible:
I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

These various versions of the Verse of the Day remind us that we are not just waiting, but we are waiting silently, quietly in a state of rest. As a blog post entered earlier this year reminds us, “We are learning to wait on the Lord with patience.” Brian Adams offers these words of encouragement:

“Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.”

We note this Biblical definition of patience which has also been translated endurance or perseverance, steadfastly bearing up under and remaining faithful while waiting. Patience or perseverance is a fruit of the spirit that should be evident in our lives, as we wait on the Lord.

As we wait on the Lord, we are not in a state of apprehension or anxiety, but we are in a state of “blessed assurance,” as the lyrics to one of the most popular hymns of all time remind us:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

The closing verses of my favorite psalm come to mind when we speak of waiting:

Psalm 27:13-14 (NKJV)

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
that I would see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
14 Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!

Verse 14 provides the introduction to this expression of the present state in which we find ourselves:

Watching, Waiting, Seeking

“Wait on the LORD; be of good courage,
and He shall strengthen your heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD!”
—Psalm 27:14

Reassured once more we will not be left behind,
But with patience we must still learn to watch and wait.
We look into the mirror of God’s word and find
Our God has been ever faithful and never late.
We trust in the Lord, as the Word of God extols.
Like Job we wait until at last our change shall come,
Assured that in patience we now anchor our souls.
May we not faint and fall by the wayside as some
But follow in Christ’s steps, as we quickly obey
And bear up under and yield fruit of endurance.
We must walk in God’s love, the more excellent way
And through faith and patience claim our inheritance.
In these perilous times we remain yielded and still,
Watching, waiting, seeking to fulfill all of God’s will.

Meditating on Psalm 62:1 and other verses related to waiting is great way to start the day, as we watch and wait.

We conclude with Psalm 62 rendered in music by Alan Keyes:

Watching, waiting, seeking

March 27, 2017

The Verse of the Day for March 27, 2017 is taken from Psalm 62:7 in the New International Version:

My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.

Three other versions of the Bible provide additional insight into the Verse of the Day:
Amplified Bible:

On God my salvation and my glory rest; He is my rock of [unyielding] strength, my refuge is in God.

New Living Translation:

My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

The Message Bible

My help and glory are in God —granite-strength and safe-harbor-God— So trust him absolutely, people; lay your lives on the line for him. God is a safe place to be.

The foundation for the confident expression of strength that believers receive from God who is our refuge is established from the very beginning of Psalm 62 which makes this declaration:

Psalm 62:1-2 (NIV):

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

These various versions of the Verse of the Day all remind us that we are not just waiting, but we are waiting silently, quietly in a state of rest. In such a tranquil state of assurance we see the power of three verbs: Watching, waiting, seeking. . . All are expressed in the present tense, continuous action, over and over. The intersection of these three verbs also  bring to mind the words of John Milton, 17th Century British statesman and poet, who said, “They also serve who only stand and wait.” His word are incorporated into this poem:

Watching, Waiting, Seeking

You are my strength, I watch for you; you, God, are my fortress,
Psalm 59:9 (NIV)

“And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.
Psalm 39:7 (NKJV)

Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually [longing to be in His presence].
1 Chronicles 16:11 (AMP)

We are strengthened by the words of the bard gone blind,
Who said, “They also serve who only stand and wait.”
We look into the mirror of God’s word and find
That God has been ever faithful and never late.
We trust in the Lord, as the Word of God extols.
Like Job we wait until at last our change shall come,
Assured that in patience we now anchor our souls.
May we not faint and fall by the wayside as some
But follow in Christ’s steps, as we quickly obey
And bear up under and yield fruit of endurance.
We must walk in God’s love, the more excellent way
And through faith and patience claim our inheritance.
In these perilous times we are yielded and still,
Watching, waiting, seeking to fulfill all God’s will.

Aaron Keyes offers a musical rendering of Psalm 62: Praise Song (My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone)

Meditating on Psalm 62:7 the Verse of the Day, is great way to start the day, as we are watching, waiting, and seeking.

Psalm 62:1: quietly waiting

October 11, 2014

Psalm 62--1The Verse of the Day for October 11, 2014 is taken from Psalm 62:1 in the King James Version which was inspiration for the previous blog entry which is re-posted below:

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

Three other versions of the Bible provide additional insight into Psalm 62:1

Amplified Bible:

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.

New King James Version:

Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.

New Living Translation:

 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible:

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

These various versions of the Verse of the Day remind us that we are not just waiting, but we are waiting silently, quietly in a state of rest.

The lyrics from the hymn “Open My Eyes,” written and composed by Clara H. Scott, reiterate our being quiet as we wait:

Quietly now I wait for Thee,

Ready my God Thy will to see,

Open my eyes illumine me…

The lyrics to the hymn are displayed while Nathanael Provis plays the melody on piano, a perfect musical illustration of Psalm 62:1

As we wait on the Lord, we are not in a state of apprehension or anxiety, but we are in a state of “blessed assurance,” as the lyrics to one of the most popular hymns of all time remind us:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Saviour am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

This most moving rendition of the classic is offered acapella by Matthew West:

I conclude this blog entry with a poem inspired, in part, by a reference to waiting on the Lord:

   I Wait for You—I Wait on You

 

Waiting on the Lord is all about expectancy and faith,

knowing He longs to meet with us more  

than we could ever even imagine wanting

to meet with Him.

                 Mark Kaphaem

 

I am restless, breathless, as I anticipate

The unspeakable pleasure of our rendezvous.

The bridal chamber is prepared, and now I wait

Until you arrive and tell me what I must do.

While I wait for you to enter the secret place

My passions arise, as incense burns in a bowl.

Beyond the veil I shall know you face to face

And consummate desires aflame within my soul.

I wait for you—I wait on you, to do your will

Until the day when I shall know as I am known,

When at last this yearning for more you fulfill,

As the splendor of your glory is fully shown

When I shall know the love of God without measure

And ever dwell in the house of your good pleasure.

 

Greg Stultz provides another musical version of Psalm 62

Meditating on Psalm 62:1, the Verse of the Day, is great way to start the day, as we watch and wait.

Psalm 62 is also rendered in music by Alan Keyes in the following video:

He has done marvelous things

March 6, 2014

Isaiah-25 1

The Verse of the Day for March 6, 2014 expresses our desire to offer praise and exultation to God:

Isaiah 25:1 KJV

O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

A related scripture is found in Exodus 15:2

Similar words of praise to God flow throughout the Psalms:

Psalm 40:5

Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.

Psalm 98:1

Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.

Psalm 118:28

You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Listen to Aaron Keyes who offers a wonderful musical rendition of Psalm 62:

Psalm 62:7 and Psalm 62:1: Reminder to quietly wait

October 11, 2013

The Verse of the Day for March 27, 2014 is found in Psalm 62:7 in the King James Version:

In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

Verse 7 actually reiterates the message of verse 7 of Psalm 62:1:

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.

Listen to Aaron Keyes who offers a wonderful musical rendition of Psalm 62:

Psalm 62:1 was the Verse of the Day for October 13, 2013, and the blog entry for that day is re-posted here:

The Verse of the Day for October 11, 2013 is taken from Psalm 62:1 in the King James Version:

Psalm_62-1

Three other versions of the Bible provide additional insight into Psalm 62:1

Amplified Bible:

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.

New King James Version:

Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.

New Living Translation:

 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible:

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.

These various versions of the Verse of the Day remind us that we are not just waiting, but we are waiting silently, quietly in a state of rest.

The lyrics from the hymn “Open My Eyes,” written and composed by Clara H. Scott, reiterate our being quiet as we wait:

Quietly now I wait for Thee,

Ready my God Thy will to see,

Open my eyes illumine me…

The lyrics to the hymn are displayed while Nathanael Provis plays the melody on piano, a perfect musical illustration of Psalm 62:1

A contemporary worship song with the same title “Open My Eyes” is offered by Hillsong with these lyrics which serve as a bridge in the song:

And as I wait on You my God
I’ll know the voice of truth
In quietness I am in awe
And as I worship You my Lord
I understand the cross
The sacrifice of God

As we wait on the Lord, we are not in a state of apprehension or anxiety, but we are in a state of “blessed assurance,” as the lyrics to one of the most popular hymns of all time remind us:

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Saviour am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

This most moving rendition of the classic is offered acapella by The Isaacs:

I conclude this blog entry with a poem inspired, in part, by a reference to waiting on the Lord:

    I Wait for You—I Wait on You

Waiting on the Lord is all about expectancy and faith,

knowing He longs to meet with us more   

than we could ever even imagine wanting

to meet with Him.

                  Mark Kaphaem

 

I am restless, breathless, as I anticipate

The unspeakable pleasure of our rendezvous.

The bridal chamber is prepared, and now I wait

Until you arrive and tell me what I must do.

While I wait for you to enter the secret place

My passions arise, as incense burns in a bowl.

Beyond the veil I shall know you face to face

And consummate desires aflame within my soul.

I wait for you—I wait on you, to do your will

Until the day when I shall know as I am known,

When at last this yearning for more you fulfill,

As the splendor of your glory is fully shown

When I shall know the love of God without measure

And ever dwell in the house of your good pleasure.

 

Meditating on Psalm 62:1, the Verse of the Day, is great way to start the day, as we watch and wait.