Psalm 130:5 - Waiting With Hope In The Lord and His Promises.

Psalm 130:5 (NIV) I wait for the LORD, my 
whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. 

Psalm 130:5 (TLB) That is why I wait 
expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised.  


Rewards Of Patience
   How long would you wait in order to get 
two marshmallows instead of one? Researchers at 
the University of Rochester (N.Y.) tested a 
group of kids ages three to five to see how long 
they could resist eating this gooey treat. The 
children were placed in a room in front of a 
marshmallow. They were promised another marshmallow if 
they could wait to eat the first one. Then the 
researcher left the room for fifteen minutes. The kids 
had no idea when the researcher would return. 
Some kids licked the marshmallow. Others tried 
looking away. Some picked tiny pieces from it, and a 
few just popped the whole thing in their mouth 
without waiting. 
   To make the experiment more interesting, 
before entering the room the children were divided 
into two groups. Both groups started doing a 
craft project with broken crayons and poor art 
supplies. The researchers promised each group they'd 
return with better supplies. For one group of kids, 
they came back with brand-new crayons and cool 
stickers. Researchers returned to the other group 
empty-handed. The kids who received the better art 
supplies, as promised, waited an average of twelve 
minutes before eating the marshmallow. The group who 
experienced disappointment in not receiving better 
supplies only waited an average of three minutes. 
   Waiting can be hard, even if you know 
youll receive a reward. As Christians, were 
encouraged to wait for the Lord's timing. But nobody 
likes to wait. Its hard enough to wait three 
minutes for microwave popcorn - let alone days, 
weeks, or months for God to answer a prayer. We 
want instant gratification. We want to eat the 
marshmallow now! 
   King David didn't always wait on the 
Lord, but his life went much better when he did. 
In Psalm 27:13-14 he says, I remain 
confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord 
in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; 
be strong and take heart and wait for the 
Lord. Sometimes you might be tempted to take a 
shortcut or get something done on your own power. But 
God always comes through on his promises. If you 
wait, you'll end up with something much better 
than two marshmallows. His plans are greater than 
your plans, so always wait on the Lord and 
experience his blessings. [Case For Christ For Kids by 
Les Strobel] 


Trusting Gods Timing
   Moses spent forty years in Pharaohs 
court finding out he was a somebody, he spent 
forty years in the desert finding out he was a 
nobody, and then he spent forty years finding out 
what God can do with somebody who finds out 
theyre a nobody. 
   As the prince of Egypt, Moses was a 
powerful man. But he also wanted to help his fellow 
Hebrews. So when he saw an injustice, he took matters 
into his own hands. He killed an Egyptian who was 
beating a Hebrew. God didnt tell Moses to do 
this. Moses took matters into his own hands. He 
became a wanted man, and he headed for the hills. 
He should have waited for Gods timing. 
   Moses suddenly went from being a prince 
to working as a shepherd. And as far as the 
Egyptians were concerned, a shepherd was a disgraceful 
position to hold. Moses faded into complete 
obscurity. Once the heir to the throne of all of Egypt, 
he became a common shepherd to someone elses 
   I think sometimes we grow impatient with 
God and want to take matters into our own hands. 
Maybe youre a wife married to a nonbelieving 
husband, and you think youre going to nag him into 
the kingdom of God. Trust me, it isnt going 
to work. No man or woman ever will be nagged 
into Gods kingdom. As you live a godly life, 
your husband or wife will see it. 
   We need to pray about things, and we need 
to trust the Lord and wait on His timing. When 
the timing is right the Lord will direct you, 
and thats when you need to act. Its not 
enough to simply do the right thing. You need to do 
the right thing in the right way at the right 
time. [By Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 


God Is Working While Youre Waiting
   God wants you to wait patiently for him 
to answer your prayer, but he also wants you to 
wait expectantly. Have faith. Trust God to hear 
and to answer. When you wait expectantly, you 
show God that you believe his promises. You 
believe hes going to keep his word. 
   Daniel Boone, the famous frontiersman, 
was once asked, Have you ever gotten lost in 
the wilderness? He said, No, Ive never 
been lost. Ive been bewildered for weeks at a 
time, but Ive never been lost. 
   Some of you may feel bewildered right 
now. Youre bewildered about your marriage: 
Im praying for it to get better, but its not 
happening. Youre bewildered about your career: Do 
I go up, down, or change jobs? Youre 
bewildered about relationships. You may feel powerless 
and hopeless, like you cant do anything to 
change your situation on your own. 
   Dont be discouraged! Dont give up! 
Look up. Turn to prayer. I have had many requests 
in my life that Ive prayed to God that have 
never been answered. I can think of one prayer 
that I have prayed almost every day for 24 years, 
and it hasnt been answered. I dont know 
why God hasnt chosen to answer that prayer, 
and I dont understand it. But I have decided 
this: Whether or not God ever answers that prayer, 
I am going to die believing his promises. 
Because God is a good God, and he knows whats 
best, even when I dont understand it. 
   When God doesnt answer your prayers, 
you need to remember a couple very important 
truths: First, God is in control, and youre not. 
He knows better what you need than you do. 
There is no mountain too tall that he cant move 
it. There is no problem too big that he cant 
solve it. There is no sorrow too deep he cannot 
soothe it. God is in control, and he has a plan. 
   The second thing you need to remember is 
that, whether or not you ever receive your answer, 
God will honor your patience"if not in this 
world then in eternity. 
   I wait expectantly, trusting God to 
help, for he has promised (Psalm 130:5 TLB). 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   While you wait with Me, I work on 
renewing your mind. As the Light of My Presence 
shines into your mind, darkness flees and deception 
is unmasked. However, there are many crevices 
where old thought patterns try to hide. My Spirit 
can search out and destroy those enemies, but He 
awaits your cooperation. Habitual ways of thinking 
do not die easily. When the Spirit's Light 
illuminates a hurtful thought, capture it by writing it 
down. Then bring it to Me so we can examine it 
together. I will help you identify the distortions and 
replace them with biblical truth. 
   The more you focus on Me and My Word, the 
more you can break free from painful, irrational 
thoughts. They usually have their roots in distressing 
experiences that wounded you, so the distortions are 
deeply etched into your brain. You may need to 
recapture the same thought multiple times before you 
can gain mastery over it. But all that effort 
leads to a marvelous result: increased ability to 
live freely and enjoy My Presence. (Psa. 130:5; 
Rom. 12:2; John 8:12; 2Co. 10:5) [Jesus Always by 
Sarah Young] 


Psalm 130:5 - Waiting With Hope In The Lord 
and His Promises. 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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