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)
His counsels of old are truth and we learn this through waiting on God with great hope.
O LORD, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, for You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. (Isaiah 25:1, NKJV)
You are my God. Isaiah declares that YAHWEH is God and there is no other that takes His place on the throne of his heart. As we wait upon the Lord with hope we become like Isaiah and see God in His truth and we cannot but echo his words: You are my God! The disciple building Christian character will reach this point when this declaration rings true in his life as it was in Isaiah’s through waiting on God.
I will exalt You. The result of knowing that the Lord is your God will lead you to exalt Him. The Hebrew word used for exalt is a verb meaning to raise, to lift up. The disciple who is building Christian character esteems God higher than himself. Waiting will bring us all to this point. He must increase and we decrease just as John the Baptist declared as he announced the coming kingdom of the Messiah (John 3:30-31).
I will praise Your name. After exalting God to the supreme position of Ruler of his life Isaiah offers praise to His name. We studied previously that the name of the Lord describes all His attributes – which He is. Isaiah could not help but to praise God and neither can the person who waits upon the Lord with hope.
For You have done wonderful things. Isaiah states that God has done wonderful things. Has the Lord done amazing things in your life that you cannot help but to share with others? Be like Isaiah and wait upon God, and then you will recognize the blessings that have been bestowed upon you (Ephesians 1:3).
Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. The counsels as used here in the Hebrew mean the plan or plot of God. And that the counsels were of old means the Lord has had a plan in action for a long time, just waiting for you (Ephesians 1:3-6 and 2:10). This is where we want to come, to the realization that God’s perfect will has been prepared for us. We come to recognize the Lord’s expectations for use will to fruition as we wait upon Him – He is glad as He in turn waits for us (not upon us). This passage tells us as we wait upon the Lord we walk in His truth because His plans are truth.
Faithfulness and truth instructs us that God’s character is wrapped up in His promise to guide us unto all truth, including His will for our lives in submission to the Holy Spirit. As mentioned before submission is waiting.
Make Isaiah’s declaration your own by submitting now to the Holy Spirit’s work in your life. Realize what God has done for you and exalt and praise His name. In prayer dedicate yourself to waiting upon the Father who loves you so much that he has made all things possible to you!