Friday, August 5, 2011

My Soul Waits for the LORD more than Watchman for the Morning



“My soul waits for the LORD more than watchman for the morning” (Psalm 130:6)

Have you ever considered how we, as followers of Jesus Christ, are to wait for the Lord? We are to be people waiting with great anticipation for the return of Christ. We long for the day when he will come to take us to be with him forever. We wait trusting in our sovereign God to sustain our souls through the dark of sin by his amazing grace. “My soul waits for the LORD more than watchman for the morning.”

Watchmen were those who watched over the city to protect the city and to deter any sort of criminal activity. They would be like our modern day police and fire departments that protect our cities. These men had great responsibilities which lead to great consequences when failing to keep watch over the city. The prophet Ezekiel helps us see this responsibility: “If I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from among them, and make him their watchman, and if he sees the sword coming upon the land and blows the trumpet and warns the people, then if anyone who hears the sound of the trumpet does not take warning, and the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet and did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But if he had taken warning, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand” (33:2-6). The watchman, no doubt, is in a dangerous role of warning and fighting against wickedness. This is why the Psalmist compares our waiting on the Lord to a watchman waiting for the morning.

The last watchman of the night would be relieved of his duty when the sun would rise in the morning. During the night would be the most dangerous time to be on guard. Sight is limited so attacks take place through the night so criminals might not be seen. The last watchman in the night would no doubt be grateful if no activity had taken place. He would be praising the Lord for his protection from harm. He would carefully watch through the night and wait eagerly for the morning. This is how Christians ought to live as well. As we wait for the day when we will see Jesus face to face we carefully guard our hearts against all ungodliness through the promises of Scripture and we wait eagerly for the great day of his return. Our new lives, in Christ, come with the great responsibility of guarding our souls while caring for other souls. Whether it is warning fellow believers against the false doctrines outside and inside the church or telling lost souls about the gospel of Jesus Christ, we have a great responsibility as we wait.

Christian, how are you spending your time waiting and watching? Are you too busy complaining about your circumstances that your missing out on opportunities to serve and love your neighbor? We have the gospel to protect and proclaim. This is a great responsibility that comes with an everlasting reward. We are waiting for the One who promises eternal joy and pleasures forevermore (Ps. 16:11). But while we wait may we not let people die under our watch and care without warning them of the coming of Christ. As the watchman blows the trumpet of warning so must we be proclaiming: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners!” May we wait in great anticipation. May we wait responsibly with the message of the gospel. May we wait patiently for our Savior. May we wait resting in Jesus Christ. “My soul waits for the LORD more than watchman for the morning."

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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