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A God Who Acts for Those Who Wait for Him

From of old no one has heard 
   or perceived by the ear, 
no eye has seen a God besides you, 
   who acts for those who wait for him.
Isaiah 64:4
 
When we gather for worship, it is helpful to remember that what we are experiencing on a Sunday morning when we worship God, and throughout our week as we commune with Him individually, is absolutely incredible. The God of the universe, the creator of all things and all people, the ruler over every nation, the owner of all the land in the world, all the seas—in fact, every planet, every star and every galaxy—the ONE all powerful, all knowing, all glorious GOD . . . weekly and daily (moment by moment even, if we're willing) chooses to meet with weak ones like us. Not only does he choose to meet with us; he delights to meet with us. He asks us to draw near to him. To see and talk with the most famous celebrities or most powerful leaders in our world, any of us would have to have either tremendous fame or influence or wealth ourselves. But to see and talk with the Lord of Hosts, we need no ticket, we need make no reservation, no phone call, we need not dress to the nines, we need not submit our resume in advance. HE. SEEKS. US. Amazing!
 
And before we mistakenly think that the fact that God seeks us as worshippers might mean that we are actually the main attraction, this verse, Isaiah 64:4, reminds us that this staggering truth only really points again to his greatness, not ours. All the other false gods of the world need their followers, actually depend on their followers. The powerful and influential of this world have all kinds of needs. They need our likes or our subscriptions or our money or our votes. But only one God, the true God, is so self-sufficient that he serves his followers. Our God needs nothing and has nothing to prove. And his all-sufficiency spills over to provide for our good. He acts for those who wait for him. You don't need to prove you're worth his time. Just ask him and wait for him, and he'll act on your behalf. That's how great a God he is.
 
Sometimes the trick is in the waiting. We don't always want to wait. We want to run ahead. We have our own plans, and we want to make them happen. But how foolish is it to get ahead of God? By waiting on Him, we instead trade our inadequacy for his adequacy, our weakness for his strength, our lack of understanding for his unequaled wisdom, our bad timing for his perfect plan. Let's wait for him and let HIM act. When we worship him, we are reminded how to wait and trust his goodness. 
 
We hope these songs will point us to God's sovereign control of the whole world and our individual lives and will encourage us to depend on him for all things—our salvation, our secure position as children of a heavenly Father, our growth in holiness, our day-to-day well being, our freedom from sin and from craving lesser treasures that this world offers so that we can enjoy the enduring treasure of God himself.
 
Songs:
Only a Holy God
Before the Throne of God Above
Lord, I Need You
Be Thou My Vision
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
 
If you would like to listen to these songs, here is a playlist for these songs:

God is our Stronghold

Psalm 46:10-11

“Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!”

The LORD of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

 

             In this Psalm it first directly quotes the words of God.  Be still. This is a concept that is easily forgotten in our culture.  So much life, chaos, trials, and temptations prevent us from stepping back and being still.  This gives us an opportunity to remember who God is.  God is God.  This simple truth has such a huge impact. We can hold fast to God’s steady hand and let go of our fear and anxiety.  Because God is God, he is sovereign over all and he is our fortress.  

              This is so amazing and astonishing and because of it God will be exalted.  God’s glory is demanded.  Over the nations and over the earth God will be glorified for his constant and steadfast nature.

               But God isn’t something that cannot be reached.  The LORD is WITH us.  The God of hosts who is over everything, is WITH us.  Jesus has offered us powerful protection and security.  His steadfastness to us has been shown powerfully through the Old Testament.  The God who rescued his people from slavery is our fortress.  How comforting and amazing that is.

               This Sunday as we sing about the steadfastness of God’s refuge, be still and know that he is God!

 

Teach my song to rise to you

When temptation comes my way

And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on you

Jesus, you’re my hope and stay!

 

Songs this Sunday:

A mighty fortress is our God

Always

Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor

Lord I Need You

He Will Hold Me Fast

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