I’ve also been greatly affected by another Chris Tomlin song, “Everlasting God” which I post a link to a music video of below:
I have been greatly blessed in my own personal life to come to an understanding of what it means to “wait upon the Lord” and what it means to “gain new strength” through this process…
When I was around 20 years old the Lord gave me a scripture which I just knew was “for me” from Lam 3:24-29 (NIV):
“I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.
It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young.
Let him sit alone in silence,
for the LORD has laid it on him.
Let him bury his face in the dust—
there may yet be hope.”
Sometimes we hear things from God, a promise or a word or a vision of something which the Lord is going to do in us or through us or in the world or in His Church or in the spiritual realm and we go out there and try to “help God” to make it happen…
What the Lord has been showing me over the intervening years is that He really doesn’t need my help to accomplish His purposes in my life or in anyone else’s life or in the world or in the spiritual realm, He will establish in me in His own timing everything which is necessary for me to play my part in His plans for His own Glory as He establishes His truth in my heart…
Establishing “a place of intercession” – a concept I learnt from reading “Rees Howells Intercessor” by Norman Grubb when I was around 23 years old – is about the Lord establishing in me an understanding of His truth in a certain area via revealing this to my new heart and new spirit so that I understand it and begin to naturally live it and the old heart and old spirit no longer live in that area and once He does this I am free to intercede for anyone else that the Lord places on my heart with respect to that area because He has established “a place of intercession” in my heart for that area…
In this place of waiting on the Lord we are not striving for the attainment of more “places of intercession” but we are surrendered to the process of the Lord establishing them in us – because we know He has promised to do this – in His own time and for His own glory…
Remembering that Jesus said:
“for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
(Luke 17:21b KJV)
Thus we “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord”…
Thus we realise that “the battle is not ours but God’s”…
Thus we go forth with singing praising God for the victory which He is going to manifest in our lives, “from glory to glory as of by the Lord, the Spirit”…
We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us…
As we wait upon the Lord we gain new strength, we rise up on wings like eagles, we run and do not grow weary, we walk and do not faint…
This is what Jesus talked about when He said:
“I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.
Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight.
All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
(Matt 11:25-30 NASB)
Praise You Jesus for Your “light yoke”… 🙂