"Wait on the Lord"
Last night I woke up in the middle of the night and was thinking about the term "wait on the Lord" (Psalm 27:14, Isaiah 40:31). I was meditating on it and I thought, "like a waiter waits tables." and "a good waiter attentively attends and waits on those he serves." It's not like some unsaved person waiting at DMV or something who just sits there doing nothing. Because that would contradict the "greatest commandments" and the "royal law" (You shall love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself). Matthew 22:34-40, James 2:8. No, when we wait on the Lord, we are loving Him and seeking Him with all our hearts. And there may be times where it feels like nothing is happening but we continue waiting on the Lord. Serving Him. Pulling down our thoughts into the obedience of Messiah. (2 Corinthians 10:5) And God will renew your strength when you do this. Eventually it will happen. That is His Word. And God is not a liar!
Psalm 27:14 KJV "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
Isaiah 40:31 KJV "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
So I just looked on this bible software I have and it said this (I thought it was pretty good, and lined up with my understanding of the verses last night):
"wait on the Lord"
67g (SN 6960a) qāwâ – properly, twist, stretch (BDB), "wound-up" waiting – remaining tied to its expectation; waiting that stays personally involved, usually with "positive tension" that "strains the mind in a certain direction in an expectant attitude. . . . generally rendered by NT 5278 hypoménō in the LXX" (R. Girdlestone, 121-122); expectation, hope that "intensely awaits (mēm-locale), or tied to the envisioned life-application (tau actionis).
This root expresses being "wound around" what is hoped for (the expectation) – for believers, faith-empowered believing that is "carved out, wound up, and ready to go!" God "winds them up" to best receive what He has stored up from eternity – preparing them for . . . what He has prepared for them! See Eph 2:10.
6960a/qāwâ ("conviction-driven waiting") is the term which most closely correlates to NT 1679elpízō ("hoping") and NT 1680elpís ("hope"). 6960a/qāwâ ("intensely long") literally implies waiting with great eagerness and expectation. This positive tension connects the believer to God releasing His glory – as good things come to those who expectantly wait in faith.
["For waiting it out as long as it takes" is expressed by 3176/yāal ("enduring waiting").]
Reflection: "Tension ironically brings the glory of God that is to come, and unlocks His promises for this intensely awaiting Christ's return" (G. Archer).
[Also Strong's Number 4723a, 8615b]
May God the Father bless your day in Jesus' Name. And please like and share this post so more people see it and get the proper understanding of these verses. Thank you!
If you have never received Him and feel Him knocking on the door of your heart. try saying this prayer. It will only work if you truly are ready for salvation. This is the prayer I said almost 20 years ago when I was powerfully born again.
"My Lord and my God, Have mercy on my soul, a sinner, I believe Jesus the Messiah died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and Jesus is now on the right hand of God and can hear my prayer at this moment and wants to live through me and give me power to keep His Word. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart Lord Jesus. Please be my Lord and Savior in every aspect of my life. Thank you God for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen"