Text: “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from Him. He only is my Rock and my Salvation: He is my defence; I shall not be moved.”
Good morning, God-ordained Christian waiter! You have not chosen a career in church service as upper-class families once were known to do as a practice – one son went into the Military and the other became a member of the clergy – in paths that were laid out for them by the head of the family. No! You and I – if we are born again, Bible-believing Christian ‘waiters’ in Gospel service – did not choose the position or career of a Christian ‘waiter’ – that was already done for us, by One Who is Sovereign over all such things in life.
“Ye have not chosen Me (the Lord Jesus), but I have chosen you, and ORDAINED you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My Name, He may give it you.” (John 15:16)
God-ordained Christian ‘waiters’ are sent forth from God bearing His glorious Gospel message of repentance from sin; forgiveness of sins through the precious redemptive Blood of Christ Jesus; and Eternal life in Him.
We take God’s message of Christ, and Him Crucified for the sins of the elect, and we serve God’s truth up to all men and women at every opportunity we are given to be witnesses for Jesus. Only God’s ‘elect’ positively respond. This is waiting in service to all souls, for the Lord God alone.
“So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
God’s ordained Gospel ‘waiters’, are sent out in obedience to God alone, with God’s message of Salvation in Christ Jesus alone; to the saving of the Father’s elect alone; to the glory of Christ, the Lamb, alone. What a truly wonderful privilege to be God’s ‘waiters’!
“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in Whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher (‘waiter’)? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace (between a Holy Lord God, and fallen, sinful men/women!), and bring glad tidings of good things.” (Romans 13-15)
The Sovereign Lord God, Jehovah, has Divinely ordained which souls will positively respond to the Gospel message of us, His ‘waiters’ – and which souls shall not!
“For unto us (the elect souls) was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them (reprobate souls): but the Word preached did not profit them (the reprobate souls), not being mixed with faith in them that heard.” (Hebrews 4:2)
If faith be the gift of God’s free and Sovereignly decided grace, as God’s Word clearly teaches – then the Lord God in His Sovereign power decides which sinful souls to grant His gift of faith! Those who receive God’s gift of saving faith are saved. Those who receive not God’s gift of saving faith, are Eternally lost. (Romans 9:11-16)
God’s ‘waiters’ merely spread the Gospel message of witness in the service of Christ Jesus – God the Holy Spirit decides which souls to ‘quicken’ from Spiritual death to Spiritual life in Christ Jesus. Deep thoughts, but God’s Own truth. (John 17:17)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we (the ‘elect’, the saved souls) are His workmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath BEFORE ORDAINED that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10)
From way back in 1618, at the Synod of Dort, this clear message of Salvation by grace alone, though faith alone – and all under the Sovereignty of Almighty God alone – was debated and proclaimed to be God’s truth. Yet, mankind’s fallen nature – and often WITHIN professing churches – have today, widely rejected the doctrines of grace, and adopted an Arminian or downright Humanistic way of Salvation. Adherents of such an ‘other gospel’, have been quick to castigate, slander, smear, and socially discredit God’s true ‘waiters’ of His Sovereign way of Eternal Salvation in Christ Jesus by grace alone.
Synod of Dort 1618:
“The Synod concluded with a rejection of the Arminian views, and set forth the Reformed doctrine on each point, namely: total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement (arguing that Christ's atoning work was intended only for the elect and not for the rest of the world), irresistible (or irrevocable) grace, and the perseverance of the saints. These are sometimes referred to as the Five points of Calvinism. The nomenclature never inferred that all of Calvinism could be reduced to a mere five points, but that TULIP--the acronym that was later developed for the teachings of Dort in the English-speaking world--summarized the Calvinist position regarding the doctrine of the Sovereignty of God in salvation. It is The Decision of the Synod of Dort on the Five Main Points of Doctrine in Dispute in the Netherlands, popularly known as the Canons of Dort, is the explanation of the judicial decision of the Synod.
"In the original preface, the Decision is called: a judgment, in which both, the true view agreeing with God's word concerning the aforesaid five points of doctrine is explained and, the false view disagreeing with God's Word is rejected.” (Wikipedia - Synod of Dort)
God’s chosen ‘waiters’ of Gospel truth, take the erroneous presentation of what Scriptures call ‘…another gospel…’, very seriously, God’s curse is actually pronounced upon all presenting such error as God’s inspired truth!
“But though we (the apostles), or an angel from Heaven, preach any OTHER GOSPEL unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed…If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-12)
Verse 5. “My soul, wait thou only upon God. Be still silent, O my soul! Submit thyself completely, trust immovably, wait patiently. Be like thy Lord, conquer by the passive resistance of victorious patience: thou canst only achieve this as thou shalt be inwardly persuaded of God’s Presence, and as thou waitest solely and alone on Him. Unmingled faith is undismayed.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 271)
“They trust no God at all who trust Him not ALONE. He that stands with one foot on a rock and another foot on quicksand will sink and perish as certainly as he that standeth with both feet upon a quicksand.” (John Trapp 1601-1699)
Thought: Verse 7. “In God is my Salvation and my glory. Wherein should we glory but in Him Who saves us? Our honour may well be left with Him who secures our souls. To find all in God and to glory that it is so, is one of the sure marks of an enlightened soul.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 271) Christian ‘waiters’ wait upon God alone.