Our praise in Pentecost is often associated with clapping, singing, dancing, and exuberant utterances. Most of our praise services are heavy with shouting, crying out, and making a joyful noise unto the Lord. But there is a form of praise that does not require a sound. There is one form of praise that does not accompany a clap or a shout. That praise is simply the praise of waiting.
I’ve seen concert goers arrive two or three days prior to an event and camp out on the sidewalk waiting to get a ticket. I’ve seen customers stand in line for hours just to be the first to get the latest iPhone or gaming device. I’ve seen deer hunters leave the evening before, paddle a canoe to a deer-stand location on an island in an East Texas river bottom, and spend the night in a wooden box with mosquitoes and water moccasins just to prevent flushing the deer out the next morning.
We attribute worth to something by demonstrating how long we are willing to wait for it. The word ‘worship’ comes from an Old English word ‘weorthscipe’. The English version is ‘worth-ship’. It means an acknowledgment of worth. When we worship something, we acknowledge its worth. Waiting is a form of worship because we assign value or worth to something by how long we are willing to wait for it.
In addition to waiting patiently for Jesus’ soon return, we have needs that exhibit themselves on a daily basis. There are prayers that we pray and for which we desire an answer. But often times we have to wait on God to respond. When we patiently wait on him, even with no answer, we are expressing to God how much we value his response. We, in essence, are telling God, “I’m willing to wait as long as it takes because I value your answer above all other things.” When we do this, it is a form of praise that ascends up to God as a sweet smelling savor! There is a Praise in Waiting!
Is 40:29-31 says, “29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (KJV)
God mentions three strengths that you can obtain in this scripture. But if you’re like me, you don’t seem to be able to grasp these strengths half the time. The key to obtaining and understanding how these strengths work is to understand the word wait as it is used here.
What does it mean to wait? The Hebrew word is qavah (kav-waw’). The figurative meaning of the word is “to bind together like a cord.” The imagery is that of the process of twisting or weaving small strings together to form a rope. The more strands that are twisted or woven together in the rope, the greater the strength. The literal meaning of the word is “hope”. We wait because our hope is in the Lord.
When we go through trials and struggles and we are waiting on an answer or a solution from God, we need to unite with the Lord like strands of a rope. The longer we wait, the more the strands that are woven. The longer we wait the stronger is our connection to God. This unity renews our strength! The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 4:12, “…a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (KJV)
If you want to have a strong relationship with God, you must learn to wait on Him. In doing so, you will allow His strength to intertwine with yours forming a strong bond like the cords of a rope. Then, after waiting, you will come out “renewed” with the kind of strength that will allow you to “mount up with wings as an eagle.” The longer you are willing to wait for this strength, the more praise you are sending up to God. David said in Psalms 65:1, “Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion…” David understood that God may not always readily manifest himself. David was aware that God may at times be slow to respond but praise would always be waiting upon Him no matter how long He took. There is a Praise in Waiting!