On bended knee I come,
With a humble heart I come;
Bowing down before Your holy throne …
This song was sung during a recent Bible Study. Somehow it brings to my mind a rather common scene in many Korean dramas.
A man sought to have an audience with the King. But the King did not want to meet him. But the man refused to be turned away by the court officials. He went on bended knee, knelt and waited outside the King’s chamber. For a long time he remained kneeling. By then there were whispering concerns by worried onlookers. The night began to fall. The rain came. Still the man did not move an inch from his kneeling position. He waited and waited. All this time the King was watching from His royal chambers. He was moved by the man who remained unmoved. Eventually he came out to meet the man and hears his cause.
It is so easy to give up and give in to thinking that waiting is a waste of time.
The Bible is full of the injunction to wait.
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalms 27:14)
“I will wait for You … My God of mercy shall come to meet me” (Psalms 59:9-10).
“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him” (Psalms 62:5).
We read biblical accounts of those who waited.
Like Abraham who was promised a child, waited some 24 years before he became a father.
Like Simeon whom the Holy Spirit revealed that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. He waited his entire life to see the child Jesus.
Or like the prophet Anna who year after year, decade after decade was waiting with fasting and prayers night and day hoping to see “the redemption of Jerusalem.”
Their wait was rewarded.
Just so we need to go on bended knee. Wait upon the Lord
– When circumstances are uncontrollable and uncontainable
– When people are unreasonable and unchangeable
– When problems are unexplainable and unmanageable
“No eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for Him” (Isaiah 64:4).
It’s because God is always moved when we are truly unmoved in waiting for Him.