I wrote about waiting on God before here. To summarize that post, I highlighted three aspects of waiting:
1) waiting with joy, patience and prayer (Romans 12:12)
2) giving up control to God (1 Peter 5:6-7)
3) realizing that God’s time and not our time is what matters (Philippians 4:6-7)
Today I want to write more on waiting based on Psalm 52:9.
I will praise thee for ever,
because thou hast done it:
and I will wait on thy name;
for it is good before thy saints.
I never really thought about what it means to “wait on God’s name”. So I went back to a post by Ms. B called Who is God? where the many names of God were outlined:
Elohim (Deuteronomy 10:17) – God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God
Waiting on God’s name means we understand that God is great. His greatness means that He is greater than your circumstances. (Deuteronomy 3:24)
El Elyon (Genesis 14:18-20) – The most high God
Waiting on God’s name means that we understand God is high above all things and can do more than what we can ever think to ask. (Ephesians 3:20).
El Shaddai (Genesis 49: 24-25) – God almighty – The All–Sufficient One
Waiting on God’s name means that we recognize that all the unmerited blessings that He has provided up to this moment are enough for us (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Jehovah-Jireh (Genesis 22:14) – The Lord who provides
Waiting on God’s name means that we trust that God will provide all our needs exactly when we need them, not early or late (Philippians 4:19).
Jehovah-Rapha (Exodus 15:26) – The Lord who heals
Waiting on God’s name means that we believe he will heal us from physical, mental and emotional pains and that we understand that all healing takes time, some healings longer than others (Isaiah 57:18).
Jehovah–Rohi (Psalm 23:1) – The Lord who is my shepherd
Waiting on God’s name means that as sheep we follow Him and listen to and recognize His voice (most often manifested in His Word, although sometimes a physical voice or speaking through others). We are not distracted by the voice of Satan and we align our self with God’s will (John 10:27).
Jehovah–Nissi (Exodus 17:15) – The Lord my banner
Waiting on God’s name means we know that the battle is already won because God is our battle-standard. He has gone before us and fought for us and the victory is ours to claim. (Deuteronomy 20:4).
Jehovah-Sabaoth (Psalm 46:7) – The Lord of hosts
Waiting on God’s name means that we can believe that He commands his Angels to guard us so we are always protected (Psalm 91:11).
We need to keep these Bible truths in mind because the devil tries to lie to us all the time and convince us that we are waiting in vain and that God does not hear our prayers. The devil especially comes when he sees we are doing well. He wouldn’t chase you if you were not running away from him and closer to God. If we stumble (and we will! (Psalm 37:24)) we should not beat up ourselves, because God will not let us fall permanently. We must refocus and look to the Lord for the strength to get up and try again. He will lift us up because it is His nature and name to be our Greatness (Elohim), our Healing (Rapha) and our Shepherd (Rohi).
Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Here’s a song that always lifts me up, I love the bridge counter-melody:
“You are Lord of Lords, You are King of Kings, You are Mighty God, Lord of everything, You’re Emmanuel, You’re the great I AM, You’re my Prince of Peace who is the Lamb, You’re the Living God, You’re my saving grace, You will reign forever, You are ancient of days, You are Alpha, Omega, beginning and end, You’re my Saviour, Messiah, Redeemer and Friend, You’re my Prince of Peace and I live my life for You.”