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No one who waits for You will be disgraced; those who act treacherously without cause will be disgraced.” (Psalm 25:3, HCSB)

The word translated “wait” here is an interesting word in the Hebrew.  The Passion Translation explains:

The Hebrew word most commonly translated as wait (wait upon the Lord) is qavah, which also means to tie together by twisting, or entwine, or wrap tightly. This is a beautiful concept of waiting upon God, not as something passive, but entwining our hearts with him and his purposes.”

The Passion Translation translates the first part of Ps. 25.3 as: For how could anyone be disgraced When they’ve entwined their hearts with you?

We think of waiting as something passive; the Hebrew concept of waiting, especially when it came to the Lord seems to be something more active.  We wrap ourselves tightly around God and his purposes and then when he moves, we move also, in a seamless, unified manner.  His heart is our heart and his ways our ways, His purposes our purposes, and His will our will.  This puts Isaiah 40.31 into new perspective:

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, ESV)

So I say to the Lord God,
You are my Maker, my Mediator, and my Master.
Any good thing you find in me has come from you. (Psalm 16.2, Passion Translation)

I love this verse from the Passion Translation. It draws out three things that God is for us when we say that God is Lord:

  1. My Maker – God created us and fashioned and formed us in the womb. As our creator he knows best how we can flourish and have abundant life and get this, He tells us how that is possible! All of the things he tells us to do are for our own good and so that we might have abundant life.
  2. My Mediator – God the Son mediates between we who are not perfect and God who is perfect and cannot dwell with sin.
  3. My Master – This is what the word "Lord" implies. God is the one to whom we bow and to whom we defer and to whom we listen and obey. We ought to do this willingly and with delight because he has our best interests in mind. As Ed Welch writes, "The King is also our father!"

The last line sums up the truth quite well. Whatever good is found in us, comes from God himself. We ought to praise him for this, just as David did.

You have built a stronghold by the songs of babies.
Strength rises up
With the chorus of singing children.
This kind of praise
Has the power to shut Satan’s mouth.
Childlike worship will silence
The madness of those who oppose you. Psalms 8:2 [Passion Translation]

The Passion Translation has an insightful comment at this verse:

There may be a vast difference between the glory of the heavens and the little mouths of children and babies, yet by both the majestic name of the Lord is revealed. It is amazing that perfected praises do not rise to God from the cherubim or seraphim, but from the children and babies, the weakest of humanity.

I don’t know that I can add anything else to that, it’s a magnificent truth that they’ve highlighted.

 

But I know the way back home,
And I know that you will welcome me
Into your house,
For I am covered by
Your covenant of mercy and love.
So I come to your sanctuary with deepest awe
To bow in worship and adore you. Psalms 5:7 [Passion Translation]

The Passion Translation calls this psalm “The Song of the Clouded Dawn.”  And so it is.  Here David is groaning to the Lord (vs.1) but he knows the way back home, back to the house of God, back to close fellowship with a God who cares about him as an individual person, who cares about him intimately (Ps. 139). Back home to welcome; back home to find mercy and love; back home to worship and adore his/our Great God.

This is the pathos of the Psalms. We are meant to feel David’s words and be drawn in by them emotionally so that we have an intellectual and emotional connection to the truth of who God is and what he does.  No matter where we are, or what we have done, home is waiting for us.  We know the way back home, because David tells us what it is.

They will be standing firm
Like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design,
Deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss;
Bearing fruit in every season of their lives.
They are never dry, never fainting,
Ever blessed, ever plentiful. Psalms 1:3 [Passion Translation]

This verse is from the Passion TranslationThe Passion Translation says of itself:

The Passion Translation is a groundbreaking attempt to re-introduce the passion and fire of the Bible to the English reader. It doesn’t merely convey the original, literal meaning of words. It expresses God’s passion for people and his world by translating the original, life-changing message of God’s Word for modern readers.

As you can see from Ps. 1.3, they do accomplish their mission of bringing “passion and fire” to the Scriptures.  Here I particularly like: Bearing fruit in every season of their lives.  They are never dry, never fainting.

This is something that God does.  We don’t need to spend a lot of time worrying whether we will bear fruit when we get to an age in which we think we won’t bear fruit.  Our responsibility is to draw ever closer to the Lord, God’s responsibility is to make sure that we bear fruit.  The apostle Paul put it this way:

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6, ESV)

You are planted by God’s design, dear reader, why would he abandon you to dry up and wilt away?