Nobody likes waiting. Waiting, in times of suffering, can be intensely hard. But hope transforms our suffering and our waiting.
Biblical hope is firmly rooted in God: “We wait in hope for the LORD” (v20). Waiting, and hoping, are not passive things for the Christian. As we wait, we recall who God is – our help and our shield (v20). Instead of allowing our hearts to be overwhelmed with fear, the Psalmist encourages us to give our hearts to worship. While we wait, we can seek out and experience God’s unfailing love (v22).
The Lord is both our present reality and our future hope: He is everything we need today, and all we could ever long for tomorrow.
Whatever we are facing today, may we know the Lord’s presence with us: our help in all that we are struggling with, our shield against all that threatens us, the one who loves us unfailingly. And may we know joy in our suffering and waiting, as we fully trust and wholly hope in the Lord.