“My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning”

Psalms 130:6 KJV

We often associate night with trials, and darkness with struggle and rough seasons of life. I don’t know about you, but I certainly do not enjoy harsh seasons, but rather I see them as something I need to suffer through and claw my way out of, barely surviving.

The above scripture in the New Living Translation says this “I long for the Lord more than sentries long for the dawn, yes, more than sentries long for the dawn.” A sentry is a soldier who stands guard all night to watch for enemy attacks, fires, unauthorized people, etc. They are members of the first line of defense, and their main goal is to signal to the people they are protecting that danger isn’t too far off.

I imagine a soldier, standing at the ready with drowsy eyelids, forcing himself to stay awake. The people’s very survival depended on this man watching the horizon all night. I would be terrible at night shifts, so I can only imagine how hard of a job this would be, with tremendous pressure. I can hear the sigh of relief when the first ray of sunshine peeked over the horizon.

I have to ask myself, do I wait and watch for the Lord as these men did? Am I anticipating His arrival, anxiously awaiting to see miracles, signs, and wonders? Do I see deliverance off in the distance, or am I consumed with frustration because I can’t seem to see Him working?

Lift your eyes today! Just as the sentries watch for the sunrise, wait and watch for the Lord. He will show up, He will work it out and He is coming back for His people! Keep hoping, believing, and praying. He is always on time.

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