Text: “Our soul waiteth for the Lord; His is our help and our shield…we have trusted in His Holy Name…Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in Thee.”
Good morning, waiting, trusting, hoping Christian! Your Spiritually regenerate soul and mine are waiting for the coming of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We are depending completely in Him and His Divine help, for, of ourselves, we confess openly that we are utterly fallible and weak sinners. Confessing ourselves to be thus weak, we are made strong in Christ Jesus, and shielded by His Sovereign arm as we continue to trust in Him. He is our only true hope - and He will NEVER let us down. Hallelujah! Satan, the world of apostasy, and our ever-traitorous flesh can never separate us from God’s mercy and love. In Christ Jesus, we have the Eternal Victory.
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For (the conclusion) I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers (Spiritual and temporal authorities), nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature (including our fallible selves!), shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:37-39)
In Christ Jesus, all who have been elected by God the Father, given to God the Son, called in time to repentance and faith by God the Holy Spirit - are Eternally secure in Christ and our souls are joined together as one in His Body, the true Spiritual Church.
Verse 20. “Our soul. Not our souls, but our soul, as if they all had only one. And what is the language of God by the prophet? “I will give them one heart and one way.” And thus the two disciples going to Emmaus exclaimed, upon their discovery and surprise, “Did not our heart burn within us?” And thus in the beginning of the Gospel it was said, “The multitude of them that believed were of one heart, and of one soul.” We have seen several drops of water on the table, by being brought to touch, running into one. If Christians were better acquainted with each other, they would easily unite.” (William Jay 1769-1853)
Now, with this insight in mind, dear friend, read again our textual verses for this Bible Lesson: “Our soul (singular soul) waiteth (waits and steadfastly continues to wait) for the Lord: He is our help and our shield. For our heart (singular heart) shall rejoice in Him, because we (singular we) have trusted in His Holy Name. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in Thee (I.e. if we don’t hope in Thee, then we cannot reasonably expect Thy mercy, O Lord.).” (Psalm 33:20-22)
Bible Reading Rule: If the Word makes perfect sense - don’t make it nonsense!
So, the singular soul of the Body of Christ - the true regenerate Church of Jesus Christ - is ’waiting continually’ for the Lord. This does not mean that we are sitting around on our hands idly waiting, nor does it mean that we are merely ’playing church’. No! We are to be continually WAITING for the Lord, as one would wait on tables at a restaurant - serving, cleaning, tidying, making sense of the given menu. This is no time for lazy Christianity, the entire world is hurtling at break-neck speed towards total anarchy and Armageddon! The Lord returns real soon. Are YOU and I ready?
In the last chapter of John’s Gospel we find the risen Lord Jesus instructing the repentant and restored Peter: “…‘Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more that these?’ He saith unto Him, ’Yea, Lord; Thou knowest that I love Thee.’ He saith unto him, ’Feed My sheep’.” Then “The second time…’Feed My lambs.’” And the third time, “…Feed My sheep.” (John 21:15-17)
If therefore, our souls are waiting continually for our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and if He is indeed our help and our Shield; and if we are rejoicing in Him, and trusting fully in Him; and expecting His mercy when He returns to this world as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah - why are we not out feeding His sheep? Sobering thought.
“Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre (financial payment, wage), but of a ready mind.” (1 Peter 5:2)
Verse 20. “Our soul waiteth for the Lord: He is our help and shield. There is a an excellent story of a young man that was at sea in a mighty, raging tempest; and when all the passengers were at their wits’ end for fear, he only was merry; and when he was asked the reason of his mirth, he answered, “That the pilot of the ship was his father, and he knew his father would have a care of him.” The great and wise God, Who is our Father, hath from all Eternity decreed what shall be the issue of all wars, what the event of all troubles; He is our Pilot, He sits at the stern; and though the ship of the church or State be in a sinking condition, yet be of good comfort, our Pilot will have a care of us.
“There is nothing done in the lower house of Parliament on earth but what is first decreed in the higher house in Heaven. All the lesser wheels are ordered by the upper. ‘Are not five sparrows’, saith Christ, ‘sold for a farthing?’ One sparrow is not worth half a farthing. And there’s no man shall have half a farthing’s worth of harm more than God hath decreed from all Eternity.” (Edmund Calamy 1600-1666)
Thought: Grace unlimited is ours when our Creator Lord ordains us for Salvation. Trust the Sovereign Lord Jesus, and in Him wait with certain hope.