Two Three-Cord Strands

Psalm 25:5

You are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.  

Colossians 4:2

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.

How good are you at waiting? What about praying? I’m not great at either; I’m inclined to be impatient, and my prayer life is no where as consistent or robust as it ought to be. Consider how these two are related: waiting and praying. As we wait for God we are to pray.

Waiting, hoping, and trusting are the three-cord strand of a deep connection to God. Praying, watching, and thanksgiving are the outgrowth of that three-cord strand. We wait for God’s salvation, praying to him with his ultimate deliverance in mind. We hope for God’s deliverance even as we watch in altert anticipation of God’s work in our lives. We trust in God as we give thanks to him for all his gifts.

Perhaps a hope recalibration is in order. Maybe we need to trust God more fully. Certainly we may all learn to pray more earnestly. Without a doubt we could be more alert to God’s presence and work all around us. We could all definitely be more thankful. 

But the key to all this lies not only in our repentance and commitment to doing these things. The key to all this is the salvation of our God. He has saved us. He has acted in our behalf. He is the God of our salvation who is at work in restoration of all things, our redemption from our futile short-sighted hopes, and the reorientation of our desires by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

God is worth waiting for, trusting in, watching for, hoping for, in thankful prayer. His salvation is at hand. His deliverance is near!

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