“My soul looks for the Lord more than sentinels wait for daybreak” (Psalm 130:6).
I am not sure I appreciated what it meant to wait for daybreak until I spent time in Idaho waiting for the sun to rise over the mountains. I awoke each morning with great anticipation to see the sun but I would only see a soft, glowing light behind the mountains. This time of twilight seemed to last forever.
As I sat watching and waiting for the sun, I recalled Psalm 130 and thought about the sentinels who waited for daybreak. These watchmen waited in the darkness of the early morning scanning the horizon for the first sign of light, and the end of their watch. The Psalmist uses vivid imagery to express his patient anticipation in waiting for God. Our longing for the Lord should be no less fervent than that of the eager watchmen who wait for morning.
During my time in Idaho, I found myself thrilled by the expectation of daybreak. Like the sentinels, I never doubted that the sun would come but I only wondered when. This everyday occurrence of waiting for the sun to rise brings me even greater excitement and anticipation in waiting for my encounter with the Lord. As the sun will come, so will He.