Why We Wait

“I waited patiently for the Lord; Why We Wait

He turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

out of the mud and mire;

He set my feet on a rock

and gave me a firm place to stand.

He put a new song in my mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear

and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man

who makes the Lord his trust,

who does not look to the proud,

to those who turn aside to false gods.”

– (Psalm 40:1-4)

Waiting is never fun nor easy, however, it often is a season that God uses to grow greater, the depth of our dependence on Him.  In Psalm 40, verses one through four, David is speaking of the benefits that he has found in waiting on the Lord.

First, God lifted him out of his space of despair.  He could not accomplish this on his own, rather it happened only after he had called on the Lord and cried out for His help.

Next, the Lord set his feet upon a rock and gave him a firm place to stand.  God took David’s space of instability, and created a firm foundation that would not be moved.  Again, such solutions are not man-made, but rather received through our Redeemer.

Finally, David says that “He put a new song in my mouth”.  Where sorrow had once dwelled, songs of praise were now rising up.  God alone can turn our mourning into dancing, and our sorrow into joy.  As we place our trust in Him alone, He is our Refuge and our Redeemer, and well worth the wait.

Wait on the Lord,Why We Wait 2

for He hears our cries;

trust that He’s good,

allow faith to rise.

Despite despair,

our troubles or strife;

He can rescue,

grant hope and new life.

Unsteady ground,

He’ll make firm to stand;

He’s rock solid,

our life’s in His hands.

Where sorrow dwells,

new songs will rise up;

as we trust Him,

He will fill our cup.

Look nowhere else,

trust in Him alone;

give God the reigns,

our Foundation Stone.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we wait on You, You hear our cries, and You further develop our character and grow us closer to You.  Thank You that Your timing is not our timing, and that Your ways are far higher than our ways.  Forgive us for our impatience or for seeking solutions anywhere other than from You.  Teach us to trust You more, so that we may understand, even in the mire, You are moving mightily.  Lead us to love as You love us, and help us to sing out the songs that rise up.  May our life be lived as a song of praise unto You, and may many come to know who You are, and place too, their trust in You.  Be glorified through how we live out our days.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

You have made known to me the paths of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence.

– Acts 2:28

Hope Overflowing

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – (Romans 15:13)


God gifted Paul in numerous ways. His gift of exhortation was used generously to encourage and build up the church body. Above, is but one sentence, packed with such powerful prose. This morning, my meditation is to look more closely at this verse, and share what He shows me.


May the God of hope – God, our Creator, who alone, is in whom we can have a confident expectation of a favorable outcome


fill you with all joy and peace – overwhelm our entire being with deep rooted delight, not in what surrounds us, but rather by He who dwells within us, and grant us His peace that passes all understanding, even when calm should not come


as you trust in Him – in order to know God and His benefits, we must trust Him and place our life in His hands


so that you may overflow with hope – our confident expectation of a favorable outcome in Christ will be contagious to all whom we meet


by the power of the Holy Spirit – the filling and overflowing and ongoing trust is only possible by the power of the Holy Spirit who is our Comfort, our Compass, our Companion, and Center


May the Lord of hope,Hope Overflowing

be near you this day;

may you know His help,

as you walk His way.

May His joy abound,

peace be present too;

may your trust be great,

as you are made new.

May hope overflow,

to all who come near;

may they see His light,

a heart that’s sincere.


Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are the God of all hope, who fills us with all joy and peace as we trust in You. Thank You that You allow our hearts to overflow with hope, by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Forgive us for allowing our focus to be anywhere other than on You, and help us to trust completely, so that we are ever aware of Your nearness. Help us to receive the joy and peace that You are presenting, and may we pass on the hope we hold to all who are ready to hear. May many come to know the hope that is held in You alone. Let our lives overflow as an ongoing offering to You. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.