Daily Devotion: Wait for the Lord as a Watchman

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in His word I put my hope.
 I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with Him is full redemption.
 He Himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.” – Psalm 130:5-8

Reading through this scripture I thought about the imagery of watchmen waiting for the morning and what that means for how we are to wait for the Lord.

Watchmen at night:

  • Are exhausted from being up all night
  • On guard and attentive looking for signs of the coming morning
  • They might be afraid or feel the responsibilities of their duties weighing on them
  • They could very well feel lonely through the dark and cold stretches of the night

For the tired, worn out, burdened, and lonely watchman, what does the morning signify?

  • At morning the responsibility is released, they are free and the weight is taken off their shoulders
  • They can go eat and rest and be refreshed
  • They no longer have to fear the unknown, light removes doubt
  • They are no longer alone, the rising sun brings life to the city

The watchman looks for the morning because of what the morning means and what it brings, but I think there is another thing we can take away from the watchman. They wait for it expectantly knowing that it is coming.

As surely as the sun rises in the sky we can put our “hope in the Lordfor with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption”. The watchman knows that the morning is coming. They know that there will be an end to this night and the pressures, anxieties, fears, and responsibilities that go with it. We too can know this and look for it expectantly.

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