One lesson we all learned from childhood onward is that there are so many things for which we have to wait. We have to wait for the sun to rise, for our meals to be prepared, for the water to boil, a friend to arrive, the rain to stop, to mention only a few of these things. And all this ought to teach us how great our God is. For He waits for nothing but realizes on time all things according to His eternal counsel or plan. Nothing stops Him or delays what He wants.
When then in Psalm 65:1, 2 we read, “Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Zion: and unto thee shall all flesh come, ” we should note that David speaks here of God’s praise waiting, not God waiting for that praise. That word “waiteth” means literally “to be silent.” And that praise is silent means it serves God. In that day the servant was silent waiting to hear the instructions from his master as to what he must do. He did this to serve his master fully. So God’s praise serves Him (Is. 43:21).
Notice that God’s praise waits in Zion. Zion here means God’s church as that church is ruled by Christ its glorified Head. For Zion was the hill in Jerusalem where David’s throne was set. It was a picture of Christ at God’s right hand ruling all things as head of His church, so that the praise of God flows forth constantly.
For us today that praise flows forth in our prayers as well as in our songs. We do well to examine our prayers to see how fully we do serve God with praise. Do we with our hearts sing?
Praise waits in Zion, Lord, for Thee,
And unto Thee shall vows be paid;
O Thou Who hearest those that cry,
To Thee by all shall prayer be made.
Are your prayers merely requests for material advan-tages? Look at the prayer Jesus gave us and notice the literal and implied praise in it. Our praise to God must not wait until we arrive in heaven. If you belong to Zion, praise will be in your prayers today.
Read: Psalm 65
Psalter versification: 166:1
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.