Wait: Whirling and Dancing!
Tue, Dec 30 2014 08:44
Psalm 37:7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
To be still before The Lord and wait patiently for Him is not a command to do nothing while we wait for God to do something. It is a call to faithfully, fervently, expectantly, purposefully, and joyfully dedicate yourself to the preparations necessary— so that we will be ready to accomplish our task and calling in God’s timing.
The Hebrew word chil (translated here as “wait patiently”) means to whirl, dance, or writhe (NAS Hebrew Dictionary). That is very different than what we normally understand by “wait patiently!” Chil indicates an intense anticipation, a purposeful expectance, a joyful laboring. Chil is also translated in Scripture as: bring forth, give birth, travail, and tremble. Understood in this manner, to "wait patiently” on the Lord is to tremble in intense anticipation as you labor to bring forth the new birth that God will accomplish in His time.
The closest phrase I can think of in English to convey this same expectant, patient, purposeful anticipation is when we speak of an “expectant mother.” She must wait patiently for the right time (9 months!), but the whole time she is “patiently waiting,” she is getting the right nutrition, preparing the baby’s room, getting a crib, going to the doctor, getting baby clothes, and actively engaged accomplishing a million other things in purposeful, joyful, expectant preparation for the that moment.
As we wait on the Lord and His timing, we remember that this is a time to chil!