“For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from Him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.”
For God alone.
There is exclusivity here.
He only is my rock, my salvation, my fortress.
This security comes solely from God.
From God alone.
Do I truly believe this? Do I grasp this perspective?
It goes back to just how involved I believe He is. How much I trust Him to come through. For me. Because it can be harder to believe something for yourself than it is to believe it for other people.
Strange how often that struggle seems to arise. Because my God hasn’t changed. But then, our spiritual enemy is the father of lies, and of course he wants us to believe we’ll be the exception. That God won’t come through for us. That everyone else will enjoy rewards – but not us.
Powerful lies that compel hopelessness.
But they are lies.
Because our God is truth. He is steadfastness. He is unchanging. His Word proves true – for all of us. He exists, and He rewards all those who seek Him. He acts for those who wait for Him, and not one of us will be lost or ashamed.
We wait for God alone, because His wisdom is greater than we can fathom and He will come through in glorious, awe-inspiring perfection. Moving ahead of Him or settling just to get something taken care of will only earn us less than all the good and all the joy He wants for our story.
He only is our rock, our salvation, our fortress, because all others would fail.
Maybe we like to have contingencies and options because we have seen unreliability everywhere else. But the prophet Isaiah recognized this, and capitalized on it to magnify the God whom we serve:
“From of old no one has heard
or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
who acts for those who wait for Him.”
No one has seen steadfast faithfulness like this. It exclusively is displayed by this God who is ours, who has committed Himself to our good, our building up, our perfecting, our strengthening, our healing, our salvation. And every time He comes through for us, He receives great glory. Showing once again who He is: holy, powerful, magnificent, unwavering. The Consuming Fire reigning over an unshakable kingdom.
When we struggle to keep waiting, when hope feels like it’s slipping, let us remember the powerful God on whom we wait. May we recall why we wait for Him, why He is set apart as the only one to whom we look. He is great. He is mighty. None can stand against Him. He is wisdom and righteousness. He is sovereign and true. And He is faithful to each of His own. He will uphold, and He will strengthen, and He will lead, and He will accomplish His every purpose, and you will see Him gloriously come through for you.
“Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD, over many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Syrian like a young wild ox.
The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in His temple all cry, “Glory!”
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood,
The LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
May the LORD gives strength to His people!
May the LORD bless His people with peace!”