The psalm for today tells us to wait. Now I don’t know if it’s because I am young and graduating soon from college, or simply human, but I am ready for the next things in my life to happen. I am ready to have an answer to the ever-recurring question, “What are you doing next year?” I am ready to know where I will live or what I will do or who I will meet in my ever-looming future.
I am tired of waiting.
It should be no surprise then that today’s psalm is probably my most-read part of the Bible. In the first line — “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul” — I enter anew into a relationship with God. To God, I lift up my soul. The psalmist is clearly aware of the multiple paths that present themselves to any person. In whatever way it appears in your life, God’s path already has a direction and destination for you: steadfast love and faithfulness.
In this time of Advent, waiting is not only a virtue, but the only action we can do. With the psalmist, I encourage you to wait all day long for the Lord who sustains us in our indecision, anxiety and weariness in waiting.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
do not let me be put to shame;
do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long.
Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!
Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.