Waiting and Watching
Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 130:5-8 | 1 Kings 7:1-51 | Acts 7:30-50 | Proverbs 16:31-33
Today’s Scripture Focus: Psalm 130:5-8
I pray to God—my life a prayer—and wait for what he’ll say and do. My life’s on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning. (Psalm 130:5, 6 The Message).
The watchman spent the night in the tower on the city wall watching and waiting. Of course, he was looking for any sign of danger. Yet ultimately, he was looking for the morning to come–hoping for another peaceful night awakened by a beautiful sunrise.
Intercessors serve as watchmen. They often spend late nights and early morning hours waiting on God–watching for him to work. Alert to the dangers; alert to the enemies movements, the watchman is focused especially on the coming dawn when God’s light breaks forth—the long awaited answers that result from watching and waiting.
Watching and waiting: “counting on the Lord” and “longing for Him.” It requires being utterly dependent on him. Seeing only darkness now, but waiting in expectation for the light to break forth and awaken a new day.
Don’t give up. Keep waiting. Keep watching. Keep your hope focused on God and his promises. Keep praying. The dawn is coming.
Lord, I wait with earnest intention. I persevere in waiting and watching, always with hope and expectation. I intercede and wait for your provision, your protection, your power and presence. I look to your promises and pray with insight as you fill me with spiritual wisdom and understanding. I look for the dawn. Amen.