By Elizabeth Prata
My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning. (Psalm 130:6).
Those who watch for the rising sun are shepherds, sailors, military watchmen on guard, nurses, anyone whose job it was to be vigilant through the night for the care and protection of others.
I know that feeling of being on watch. When I lived on our sailboat and we were cruising up and down the United States’ eastern seaboard, and to the Bahamas, we sometimes would make a night passage. You stand at the binnacle, steer, and watch. All your senses are alert and responding to all the input, which is hard to process because it’s dark. You listen, you look at the compass, you peer into the inky blackness for oncoming navigation lights, you scan the foamy whitecaps for obstructions, you look back at the depth sounder… and repeat. For hours upon hours. Intently with single-minded purpose, knowing that the little vessel is in your hands and keeping the safety of the souls on board.
There’s nothing you want more than that first glimmer of light over the horizon. You long for it. You keep looking at the eastern sky. You tell yourself that yes, the sky is getting lighter. Any moment now.
It’s apt that the Psalm writer uses the comparison of watchmen waiting for morning. How much more should our souls long for the Son, shining brightly from the east! How much more should we be vigilant, looking for obstructions, hindrances, dangers in the seas of life, to shout when they come and take course correction if we have drifted? The incomparable Jesus is all Light. He is our break of Day. He is our relief, He is our destination.
Watch, therefore. Watch your course. Watch you do not drift. Watch for His coming. Watch unto prayer. (1 Peter 4:7). Does your soul wait for the Lord ‘more than the watchmen for the morning’? Are you on your guard?
Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, (1 Corinthians 15:1).