I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.-Psalm 130:5
What is the author of this Psalm saying here? And what does he mean when he says “in his word I put my hope”? The author of this Psalm knew God’s promises and knew that God would be true to his promises and so he decided that he would wait for God to deliver on those promises in his time and not try and force God’s hand. That is why he said “in his word I put my hope”. For you see the author of this Psalm’s hope did not rest in his ability to make things happen, but his hope rested on God’s ability to make things happen. But how then does this apply to you and I? Do we not try and force God’s hand before his time? Do we not put our hope in ourselves or others more than we put our hope in God and his ability to deliver? The answer is of course we do all of those things. But how do we start putting our hope where it belongs? We must let the Fruit of the Spirit be grown and developed in our life. And the Fruit of the Spirit that the author of this Psalm is talking about here, indirectly, is patience. We must learn to be patient, because the key to waiting on God and putting our hope in him is patience.