1. ‘Waiting’ in Christ’s Service Psalm 62:1
Text: “Truly my soul waiteth (continuous verb. waits, and continually waits) upon God: from Him cometh my Salvation.”
Good morning, Christian waiter! You may never in this life have worked in a restaurant or any other establishment where one serves meals or refreshments to the public. You may never have been in a position where you have, or are required to physically ‘WAIT’, in service to others. However, IF you and I are genuine, born again, Bible-believing Christians – then we are called by the Lord God to be waiters in the service of the Living Lord Jesus Christ; waiters on God, and sent from God, who must deliver a profound service to the immortal souls of both women and men.
We serve up one meal continually, in a variation of preparations, to a myriad of very different souls. That one meal is Christ, and Him Crucified for our sin.
“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ Crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:22-24)
Having waited upon God for His great Salvation, through the hearing of the Gospel of Christ, and Him Crucified for our sins, we have ourselves proven the truth and reality of God’s way of Eternal Salvation. Now, having been saved ourselves, we wait upon the souls of all men and women who will listen/hear our Gospel message, receive faith by the hearing, and Salvation in Christ, if it be the Lord God’s Sovereign will to save them.
Our purpose in waiting upon the souls of others with the Gospel of Christ Jesus is two-fold:
(a) to reach the souls of those whom the Lord God has elected in Eternity to hear, obtain faith, and receive Christ’s Salvation; and;
(b) to preach to the reprobate souls, that they might continue to harden their hearts, and prove to themselves, and to everyone else, that they are indeed reprobate - rejected for Salvation by an Almighty Lord God whose Eternal mercy and grace are given only to those whom He wills to save. God alone is God! His Sovereign will is absolute and perfect.
“For by grace are ye saved through FAITH; and that (faith) not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we 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)
“But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants (waiters) for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:3-5)
It is abundantly clear to all who will accept the written Word of God as Divine truth: Eternal Salvation is NOT a gift given by God equally to everyone. God chooses whom He will save – way back in Eternity, before the world was Created by Him – He has then given those ‘elect’ souls to His dear Son, Christ Jesus to save; in time, those souls receive God’s gift of saving faith; come to Jesus Christ in repentance and faith, and the Lord Jesus Christ saves them, AND keeps us forever as His own. Hallelujah! What a gracious Saviour!
“No man can come to Me (Jesus Christ), except the Father which hath sent Me draw him/her: and I will raise him/her up at the last day.” (John 6:44)
The Lord Jesus teaches us clearly from the same New Testament chapter: “All (souls) that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him/her that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from Heaven not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him (God the Father) that sent Me.” (John 6:3738)
God’s waiters are taught of God from His own inspired (God-breathed) Word, in order that we might wait upon others with a Divine meal of Gospel truth – no matter how hard at times that meal is for our hearers to swallow.
It is not the Christian waiter’s responsibility as to the outcome of our preaching/teaching often hard to swallow Divine truths. The Eternal outcome of our service as God’s waiters is, at all times, securely kept in the mind and will of our Sovereign Lord God Almighty. His will is, and at all times shall, be done! We preach/teach His truth – the Spirit of God alone quickens the elect souls or rejects those ordained to be reprobate in Salvation.
“But our God is in the Heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased.” (Psalm 115:3)
The Lord makes known His will/truth to us ‘His people’ – we make His will/truth known to all others with whom we come into daily contact. This is ‘waiting’ in Christ’s service.
“Having made known unto us the mystery (new revealed truth) of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself: that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on the earth; even in Him (Christ): in Whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.” (Ephesians 1:9-11)
Verse 1. “Truly my soul waiteth (continuous verb. waits, and continues to wait) upon God. The Psalmist David was a mere shepherd boy, but by the Sovereign will and grace of the Lord God Jehovah, he fought and slew the giant Goliath of Gath; subdued the Philistine enemies of God’s people; became king of Israel; and left us his ‘treasury’ of experiential and Holy Spirit-inspired truths we call The Book of Psalms. By his vast experiences in life as God’s servant, you and I, as born-again Christians, are given much sound advice, guidance, and strength of faith with which we too might be waiters in Christ’s service.
Of the great literary work of Charles Haddon Spurgeon: The Treasury of David - Dr David Otis Fuller, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, has this to say – “Are you looking for light in days of darkness? You will find it here. Are you looking for strength in times of despair? Then pick your favourite Psalm, sit down for an hour or two and drink deeply from the well of Eternal truth always accessible to the thirsty soul.” (Preface: The Treasury of David)
Thought: The Lord God saved you and I to be ‘waiters’ for Christ Jesus – may we continually persevere in offering the fresh bread of Gospel Scriptures to all who will hear with the heart and, by God’s Sovereign grace, find Eternal life.