Wait Quietly Before God

Hi everybody, it’s Pastor Dave, and good Tuesday morning to you. If you’re following us through the week in your Alone With God journal, then open it to Day 2, the “Daily Journal” page, your first “Daily Journal” page for the week. If you don’t have an Alone With God journal, you should get one. You really should. Go to wordbymail.com and order your Alone With God journal. Using these guides and the journal and digging into God’s Word for yourself, and listening for God to speak to you through his Living Word will transform your life. We know it will because we’ve seen so many lives transformed over the last fourteen or fifteen years that we’ve been doing this.

Grab your journal if you have one. Grab your Bible and turn it to Psalm 62. Here’s a little bit of background before we get into it.

Psalm 62 shows us David’s confident trust in the Lord. His absolute assurance, his confidence of his trust in the Lord. In spite of his circumstances, in spite of his situation, in spite of his difficulties, God is his strength. God is his salvation. God is his fortress. And Psalm 62 passes that truth to us – that God is our fortress, our rock where we won’t be shaken. And we need to contrast this with the insecurity, the lack of confidence that we should have in relying on our own devices, or the world’s, or human devices.

Psalm 62 (NLT)
1 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.

Mark those verses in your Bible. Focus on them if you’re on the blog page, reading them. (I am reading from the NLT.) I wait quietly before God. We have got to learn to be still and know that he is God.

Look down at verse 5.

5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
7 My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

That’s who your God is. Can you commit, can you cry out to God for the power of the Holy Spirit, and commit to wait quietly for him? To trust him? To know that your victory comes from him? To know that he is your fortress, he is your salvation, and in him you will not be shaken? Can you do that today for yourself? For God – for God’s glory?

And then, finally, look at verse 8.

8 O my people (David cries out to us), trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.

He is our safe place. He is our fortress. God is what we need, and we need to wait for him. We need to lean into him.

So, on your “Daily Journal” page, in the Meditate section, you may want to “rewind,” skip back and listen to me read these verses again. You may want to just meditate on them in your Bible or on the written page under the blog section at wordbymail.com. But, take them in. Then, under your Meditate section, write “What is God’s Word saying?” This shouldn’t be hard because this is so clear. “What is God’s Word saying? What are the spiritual principles here?” And let me just help you with the spiritual principles part. This spiritual principle here is we’ve got to wait for God to work, to save us. We’ve got to wait on God. We’ve got to trust him completely. We’ve got to know that he is the one who protects, who brings victory. He’s our fortress, our safe place we’ve got to trust him in. That’s, in a nutshell, the spiritual principles. So, do that, and then come on back here.

Now, it’s the Apply section. And in the Apply section, I will just ask you to look at the verses and talk to God. Look at what you wrote in the Meditate section, and then answer the question in the Apply section of your journal. “How does this apply to my life today, personally and specifically?” Be brave. Be brave. Write down in your journal how do these truths apply to you specifically? In what specific circumstance or situation do you need to know this, do you need to commit to this in your life today? So, again, pause this guide and write in your Apply section. Just answer that question there: “How does this apply to my life today, personally and specifically?” And then, come on back.

And then Respond. The big one. In your Respond section of your “Daily Journal” page in your Alone With God journal, it says, “What action will I take today in response to this truth?” So, listen, here’s what we say all the time: No response, no relationship. If you’ve met God during your time alone with him today, and you’ve really applied this to your life, then you’ve got to wrestle with, “What will I do about it? What action will I take? How can I wait quietly for God? How can I develop my trust and my confidence that he alone is my victory and my rock and my salvation?” What are you going to do today to make this real in your life? What action will you take? So, again, pause the guide. Write in your Respond section and then come on back.

Let’s pray to close. I’ll pray. After I’m done, you can write your prayer in the Pray section of your “Daily Journal.”

Heavenly Father, Lord, may we wait quietly before you. Would you give us the power? Lord, pour out the dunamis power by your Holy Spirit on us so that we would have courage and the confidence, the trust, the faith to wait – to wait on you. To wait. To stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. To be still and know that you are God. Help us, Lord. Give us confident hope. Give us that confidence that our hope is in you, and you are with us. And you will see us through this situation, this circumstance. You’ll bring us out the other side, and you will bring us out in your victory, Lord. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you for your resurrected life living inside of us that allows us to overcome, to stand victorious in every circumstance, in every situation in this life. We thank you for it. We pray you’ll make it real for us today. In your precious name, Jesus, amen. Amen.

Go to wordbymail.com, and you can get more verses like this under the Scripture By Topic tag under “Resources.” You can read this blog, this devotion guide, and others under the Blog tab. And you can give to help this ministry. We’re just getting this part of the ministry off the ground. Word By Mail has been around for a long time. But we’re pushing into new territory here. Please consider making even a small monthly commitment to help us get the Word out in this unique way.

Thanks, guys. Thanks for going through it with me. As I stop, you write your prayer to finish up your time with God today. God bless you, see you soon. Bye, Bye.

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