I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.”                                                                                                                                                  Psalm 130:5-6


One Scripture study tool I find really useful is looking for any repeated words in a passage. Often, they’re a clue to an important point being made. Here, the word “wait” is mentioned not just twice, but five times – so we’d better pay attention!

Before this in Psalm 130, the author shares how upset he has been: crying out to the Lord, and feeling almost buried under the weight of his sin. But he also declares that with God “there is forgiveness.” Then, heading into verse 5, comes a growing desire to be in the Lord’s presence.

What stands out to me is how the word “wait” is used in such a poetic way to build up anticipation. He doesn’t just wait passively, does he? “My whole being waits,” he writes. That evokes an image in my mind of someone actively reaching. And to illustrate, he compares himself to a night watchman finishing his shift, searching the sky eagerly for signs of a new day.

I love this kind of excitement about spending time with God. And it leads me to ask: how much do I look forward to my own worship time?