Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.  (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added) 

We should serve the Lord in sincerity and truth and that through waiting on God. 

Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt.  Serve the LORD!  (Joshua 24:14, NKJV) 

God will lead us to the truth (Psalm 25) and our response should be to serve Him in sincerity and in truth (Joshua 24).  When we combine the thoughts in these two passages we can see the progression of a person who is developing Christian character by waiting on God.  The progression is the following, and is done in obedience to His Word.

  1. Wait on God and be lead in His truth.  We have been discussing in this section that waiting upon the Lord is how we get closer to God and hear His voice.  We start going forward by waiting.  We are not in a hurry because the timing of the Lord is perfect.  We wait for the leading of God because His leading is what is best for us and gives Him the most glory.  Begin by waiting on the Lord.

  2. Fear the Lord.  Our reverent attitude towards the Holy One is a key to drawing nearer to the Almighty.  Know Whom you are approaching.  Understand that God is holy and can only be approached by a holy (set apart) believer.  Cleanse yourself before approaching the Lord by confessing your sin and getting right with Him (1 John 1:8-10)

  3. Serve God in sincerity and in truth.  Service is needed in drawing closer to the Lord.  However we serve God with the gifts He provides and we do it in sincerity and in truth. Sincerity as used here in the Hebrew means entirely, complete, and without blemish.  When we serve it is to be with all our being for His glory, holding nothing back.  This blog on waiting started with my studying the failure of King Saul.  He did not completely serve the Lord.  He held back what was not to be held back.  We do not make the rules.  We have no say in the matter.  Simple obedience is what God desires from us in service to Him.  Our service is to be without blemish: only the best for the King of kings and Lord of lords.

  4. Put away false gods.  Only you and the Lord know the false gods that the true God wants you to put away.  These could be addictions, attitudes, possessions, or relationships.  When we wait upon a holy God He will let you know what is not to be brought before Him.  Pray specifically to the Lord God about what needs to be dealt with and deal with it.  Get rid of those things that are not acceptable to you for they will only slow you down.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  (Hebrews 12:1-2, NASB)

Prayerfully examine your life in light of the four progressive steps of growth in character through waiting upon Him with great hope and seeking His truth.  Pray that the Holy Spirit works these four principles into your life.