Teach Me, Lord, to Wait

Teach me Lord to wait down on my knees,

Till in Your own good time You answer my pleas;

Teach me not to rely on what others do,

But to wait in prayer for an answer from You.

Teach me Lord to wait while hearts are aflame,

Let me humble my pride and call on Your name.

Keep my faith renewed, my eyes on Thee,

Let me be on this earth what You want me to be.

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength,

They shall mount up with wings like eagles.

They shall run and not be weary,

They shall walk and not faint.”

Teach me Lord, teach me Lord, to wait.

(Stuart Hamblen, 1953)

These are the words, written so many years ago, to one of my favorite hymns. Whenever my family is together, it is sure to be one of the songs that we sing. If our son is leading singing at any gathering where I am in attendance, he usually leads it, and receives a smile from me.

I love it for a lot of different reasons. I love it musically. It is simple, but it builds to that beautiful chorus which speaks to us directly from God’s word (Isaiah 40:31).

I love that it gives me direction for those difficult times in my life. When all around me there seems to be trouble, anger, fear, unrest…it tells me where to turn for my answers.

I love that it teaches me not to look to the world around me for answers to my problems. I can’t rely on what others in this world are doing because they are not the source of my strength.

I love that it speaks to every person, no matter what their age is, and tells them the correct focus in this life. When we keep our eyes on Jesus and His teaching our faith will be renewed every day (2 Corinthians 4:16).

I love the beautiful image of an eagle in flight. While Jim and I were in Alaska a few years ago, we went on an excursion to see the eagles and their nests. It was so interesting to learn about them, but my favorite part of that day was seeing the eagles in flight. Their wide wing expansion allowed them to soar so high and it appeared that they could just hang there in the air so effortlessly. When I put my trust in the Lord, my strength is renewed and I can soar like one of those eagles.

Can you imagine our homes if we would just learn to wait for the Lord down on our knees? We would deal with the problems we face in our families in such a different way if everyone in the home knew that we focus on Jesus for our answers.

Can you imagine our congregations if everyone there would learn to wait for the Lord down on their knees? Some of those problems we face as a body of God’s people would be eliminated because we would no longer be focused upon pleasing ourselves, but upon pleasing God.

Can you imagine our city, county, state, country, and world if all people learned to wait for the Lord down on their knees?

It begins with me. Teach me, Lord, to wait, down on my knees.

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AUTHOR: Donna Faughn




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