Waiting in Expectation

Psalm 5:1-3 “Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
          Prayer has become such an important part of my life. I have my prayer time in the morning…alone…just God and me. I feel that I can’t face the challenges of the day if I haven’t given it all up to Him. Then, I’m privileged to pray at the Colony, Monday through Friday, with the chaplains. I have come to love this time of raising our voices to our Lord with our praises of thanksgiving and our petitions for the coming day. Then there is that on-going dialog with God all day long…
          I love this simple little prayer in Psalm 5. It’s a good example for us to follow. The psalmist in these passages is no stranger to prayer with God. He is pouring his heart out to him, petitioning for God to hear his troubles. The word “consider” implies thinking about something very carefully with the idea of taking some kind of an action and to treat the issue in an attentive or kindly way.1 Isn’t this our cry as well when we lift our prayers? Don’t we want an attentive and kindly ear?
          The psalmist doesn’t wait till noon or evening or when the situation is out of control. This isn’t a “fox hole” prayer but one that is raised up in the morning, laying it all out to the Lord. This psalmist knows he is in deep trouble and that his only peace, solace or rescue will come from the only One who can give it…the Lord.
          My favorite line is the last “I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” He’s just giving it to God, laying all his troubles at the feet of the Lord. It’s far too much for him to carry! Then he says…and this is the best part…I “wait in expectation!” How many of us can truly pray these words to the Lord, that I’m giving it all to you and how ever long it takes I KNOW you will answer my prayer!!!
          I would love to be at this place with every prayer I pray and I have to say I’m not there yet…but I hope I can be.
          Maybe we could all practice this little prayer in our prayer times. I imagine we would all experience a peace we have never experienced and answers to prayer we could never have dreamed of.         

          Psalm 5:1-3 “Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

Mary Ann KiernanMaryAnn and John Kiernan have been married for 38 years, have 2 married sons and are the proud grandparents of three grandsons and two granddaughters and one grandchild on the way! She serves at America’s Keswick as a Biblical Counselor and also as Intake Coordinator for the Colony of Mercy. Her life verse is Romans 8:28. 1 http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consider retrieved 8/13/09

One thought on “Waiting in Expectation

  1. Stphanie L. Dickinson says:

    Dear Diane,

    How precious of a writing. In all honesty, it brought tears.
    As a Messianic believer in Jesus Christ the Messiah, I have learned to pray with these words. “Abba, I EXPECT to see
    Your beautiful hand in this, my prayer.” I have learned to envision His answer, and I have learned to thank Him in
    advance, purely through faith in His goodness and faithfulness to me.

    Thank you – todah rabah (Hebrew for gratitude) – for teaching your readers the most valuable of faith lessons: that
    of KNOWING and EXPECTING His goodness…..for truly, that is WHO He is, indeed!

    Stephanie Dickinson
    B.S. Min., CCLC
    Lancaster, Pa.

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