Posted by Tamar Chipp on 19 October 2017

In​ ​Psalms​ ​27:14, ​David​ ​tells​ ​himself​ ​to​ ​wait​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Lord. ​ ​He​ ​goes​ ​on​ ​to​ ​challenge​ ​himself​ ​to​ ​be​ ​brave​ ​and courageous. ​ ​Then​ ​he​ ​utters​ ​a​ ​second​ ​admonishment​ ​to​ ​wait​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Lord.  The​ ​repetition​ ​is​ ​no​ ​accident. ​ ​David​ ​was​ ​familiar​ ​with​ ​the​ ​ache​ ​of​ ​waiting. ​ ​He​ ​waited​ ​in​ ​the​ ​fields​ ​as​ ​a​ ​shepherd​ ​boy. He​ ​waited​ ​as​ ​he​ ​ran​ ​for​ ​his​ ​life​ ​hiding​ ​from​ ​Saul. ​ ​Even​ ​as​ ​the​ ​anointed​ ​next​ ​King​ ​of​ ​Israel, ​ ​he​ ​waited​ ​on​ ​God​ ​to​ ​put him​ ​in​ ​position​ ​as​ ​King, ​ ​denying​ ​the​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​take​ ​Saul’s​ ​life​ ​out​ ​of​ ​revenge. ​ ​David​ ​understood​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of waiting, ​​even​ ​through​ ​grueling​ ​circumstances. ​ ​He​ ​trusted​ ​that​ ​God​ ​was​ ​working​ ​while​ ​he​ ​waited.

Like​ ​David,​ ​we​ ​can​ ​be​ ​confident​ ​that​ ​God​ ​is​ ​working​ ​as​ ​we​ ​wait​ ​on​ ​Him.​ ​We​ ​have​ ​to​ ​be​ ​careful​ ​not​ ​to​ ​mistake​ ​God’s silence​ ​for​ ​negligence.​ ​Often​ ​times,​ ​we​ ​want​ ​an​ ​immediate​ ​answer​ ​or​ ​sign​ ​after​ ​we​ ​pray.​ ​We​ ​wait,​ ​and​ ​after​ ​some time,​ ​we​ ​start​ ​to​ ​wonder.​ ​Did​ ​He​ ​hear​ ​us?​ ​Did​ ​He​ ​get​ ​our​ ​message?​ ​Is​ ​He​ ​working?​ ​The​ ​answer​ ​is​ ​yes.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​silence, God​ ​is​ ​orchestrating​ ​His​ ​plan​ ​and​ ​design​ ​that​ ​speaks​ ​loud​ly ​and​ ​clearly​ ​in​ ​its​ ​time.​ ​That’s​ ​why,​ ​sandwiched​ ​in​ ​the middle​ ​of​ ​David’s​ ​declaration​ ​to​ ​wait​ ​patiently​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Lord,​ ​he​ ​tells​ ​his​ ​heart​ ​to​ ​be​ ​brave​ ​and​ ​courageous.

I’ve​ ​been​ ​walking​ ​through​ ​this​ ​very​ ​season.

God​ ​recently​ ​showed​ ​this​ ​to​ ​me​ ​while​ ​planning​ ​a​ ​very​ ​large-scale​ ​event.​ ​I​ ​was​ ​working​ ​with​ ​an​ ​event​ ​coordinator​ ​who was​ ​very​ ​experienced.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​highly​ ​recommended​ ​and​ ​her​ ​service​ ​and​ ​knowledge​ ​was​ ​exemplary.​ ​As​ ​we corresponded,​ ​mainly​ ​through​ ​email,​ ​I​ ​noticed​ ​that​ ​it​ ​would​ ​take​ ​a​ ​bit​ ​of​ ​time​ ​for​ ​her​ ​to​ ​respond.​ ​Sometimes​ ​I​ ​wouldn’t hear​ ​back​ ​from​ ​her​ ​for​ ​a​ ​few​ ​days.​ ​I​ ​would​ ​nervously​ ​follow​ ​up​ ​and​ ​she​ ​would​ ​graciously​ ​affirm​ ​that​ ​everything​ ​was under​ ​control.

We​ ​met​ ​together​ ​a​ ​few​ ​days​ ​before​ ​the​ ​event​ ​for​ ​a​ ​final​ ​walkthrough​ ​to​ ​discuss​ ​details.​ ​As​ ​we​ ​neared​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the meeting,​ ​she​ ​stopped​ ​and​ ​looked​ ​at​ ​me​ ​very​ ​intently,​ ​touched​ ​my​ ​arm,​ ​and​ ​said​ ​calmly,​ ​“Tamar,​ ​just​ ​because​ ​I’m​ ​not responding​ ​as​ ​quickly​ ​as​ ​you’d​ ​like,​ ​doesn’t​ ​mean​ ​I’m​ ​not​ ​working.​ ​I’m​ ​taking​ ​the​ ​time​ ​to​ ​do​ ​what​ ​you’ve​ ​requested.​ ​I have​ ​your​ ​back.​ ​Everything​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​great!” 

At​ ​that​ ​moment,​ ​I​ ​knew​ ​I​ ​was​ ​in​ ​good​ ​hands​ ​and​ ​the​ ​event​ ​would​ ​be​ ​everything​ ​I​ ​hoped​ ​it​ ​to​ ​be.​ ​I​ ​knew​ ​the​ ​Lord​ ​was reassuring​ ​and​ ​calming​ ​my​ ​fears​ ​about​ ​the​ ​unknown​ ​in​ ​my​ ​work​ ​and​ ​personal​ ​life.​ ​He​ ​spoke​ ​through​ ​this​ ​woman​ ​to reassure​ me ​that​ ​He​ ​was​ ​indeed​ ​working,​ ​sometimes​ ​without​ ​evidence​ ​right​ ​away.​ ​Even​ ​in​ ​the​ ​silence,​ ​I​ ​could​ ​rest knowing​ ​that​ ​while​ ​I'm​ ​waiting,​ ​God​ ​is​ ​working​ ​on​ ​my​ ​behalf.​ ​I​ ​left​ ​that​ ​meeting​ ​with​ ​a​ ​confidence​ ​I​ ​didn’t​ ​have​ ​when​ ​I walked​ ​in.

In​ ​every​ ​season, ​we​ ​can​ ​rest​ ​assured​ ​that​ ​God​ ​is​ ​working​ ​while​ ​we​ ​wait. ​ ​Hope​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Lord, ​ my​ ​friend, ​ ​as​ ​you​ ​wait​ ​on the​ ​promise.

“I​ ​wait​ ​for​ ​the​ ​LORD, ​ ​my​ ​soul​ ​does​ ​wait, ​ ​And​ ​in​ ​His​ ​word​ ​do​ ​I​ ​hope.” -Psalms​ ​130:5

Tamar Chipp is a worship leader whose heart is to exalt Jesus, share His truth and see people changed by His power. She leads the band Modern Day Cure with her husband, Aaron. www.moderndaycure.com

More like this

Who Are You Calling A Worship Leader? (Part 2)

In the quest to find a better definition of worship leader, what better place to start than with a Tim Keller quote. He explains that worship is the “act of ascribing ultimate value to something in a way that energizes...

Why Won't They Worship?

This post is for you worship leader. The one who stands on stage each week, leading people to the throne of God. It's to the one who is frustrated, tired of leading a room full of people who just seem detached.

"Make A Way" by Desperation Band | Song Devotional

When Job was faced with the most unbearable suffering, God was a not absent. When Job was confused, or proud, or just worn down by all the weight of pain and grief, God was not wondering how to rescue the situation. God was simply waiting. He was waiting for Job to find Him. Waiting for Job to realize the truth about what it means to serve and love our heavenly Father.