Last week my mum shared with me some thoughts from Psalm 33, and ever since then I have kept coming back to that Psalm, reading and re-reading it, looking up word meanings and pressing in for more from God. Here’s what it says
” We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22
The word here used for Hope in the Hebrew language is “Yachal” which means “expectant waiting”. I love this idea of expectantly waiting upon the Lord, hope is not in something or someone that will let us down, God never lets us down, He will always move in our lives. When our trust is in Him, our hope becomes loaded with expectancy as we wait upon the Lord to move in our lives.
With that in mind, the whole way in which we come before the Lord in prayer changes. We no longer come to Him pleading for Him to move, we know and have seen Him move before, we know who He is – our help, our shield etc. and so we pray expectant prayers filled with this Yachal Hope. We can actually begin to thank Him in advance for what He is about to do. Our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5:16), and so we know that when we pray, something is happening.
The second part of this passage is equally powerful, as we invite His unfailing love to rest upon us, even as we wait in hope for Him to move. We are never left alone while we wait for Him, He covers us with His unfailing love. This love that casts out all fear, anxiety, lies, hurt, pain etc. There is nothing too big for His love, in fact in it we find all we need and yet there is more. We wait in expectant hope for the God of more to move in our circumstance, situation, finances, relationships, whatever we are facing this week, this day, God is with us.
As we enter into the week before Christmas, and all that the day will bring us, we can enter into it with an expectant hope that Jesus will come in power in our situations. He came so that we may have life to the full, so any area we are not experiencing fullness is an area we get to give to God and expectantly wait for Him to bring us the resolution we need.
It’s in the waiting that we find the strength for the next season of our lives. God never wastes anything. He is at work in your life, your health, your finances, your relationships, trust in Him and wait with an expectant hope for Him to move.