Psalms 25:4-5 (NKJV) Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
What does it mean to “wait” on the Lord? Many believe waiting on the Lord is doing nothing at all ! But when the Bible tells us to “wait on the Lord” it actually is an active term. It does not denote passivity, idleness or a lack of movement. Biblical “waiting” is similar to what a waiter in a restaurant does. A good waiter stands ready to serve his guests. His eyes are watching and his ears are attentive. A great waiter doesn’t go to the back of the kitchen and sit down. He stands close by the table and positions himself to respond to the slightest direction. Jesus told His disciples to “wait” for the Holy Spirit before they were sent as witnesses to the world.
Acts 1:4-5 He gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
In Acts 2, we see a picture of what “waiting on the Lord” looks like. They gathered, they obeyed, they prayed and they earnestly sought the Lord’s direction. It was “active waiting”. And in answer to their active waiting, they received an active empowerment by the Holy Spirit that emboldened them to fulfill Christ’s commission. If you’ve been waiting on God for an answer to prayer or direction on an issue, take up the posture of an active “waiter”. Begin to seek, serve and stand closely by the Lord for His order.
Psalm 130:5 (NIV) I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope.