Daily Dose, May 24 — Psalms of Ascent

  In the morning, one of my first waking thoughts is “COFFEE!” It would be great to have a little robot -- like Rosie from the 60s cartoon “The Jetsons.” She would have a perfect cup of coffee sitting by my side of the bed as my eyes opened. Oh my, that would be nice. I can wait and watch for Rosie to turn the corner, but I will be disappointed! The writer of Psalm 130 sat down and wrote out his thoughts, and when we read them, we hear of a different kind of longing, by far more important, of greater value than longing for a perfect cup of java. His longing was for the divine, a yearning to draw close to the Lord, who truly satisfies our soul. “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. (Psalm 130:5-6) We wait and watch for many things. We wait in line, in traffic, for the door of opportunity to open. We watch the weather, the stock market, our favorite teams. We long for a great cup of coffee, a wonderful day without stress and so many other things. All of those things are fine, but none of them will give us the deep inner peace or the assurance that we have when our hearts are set on God. When we are watching and waiting upon God, our focus changes, our perspectives change, our lives change. We find joy and hope! -- Rev. Terri Henkel