“I have waited for Your salvation, O LORD!” Genesis 49:18
Many have received comfort from these words in death — and waited in faith for their salvation. The thoughtless and impenitent wait only for temporal prosperity in their lives, and therefore cannot expect eternal bliss — but on the contrary, a dreadful judgment after death. O that they would examine themselves this very day; that at the eve of life, they might, like Jacob and Simeon, depart in peace.
We will not, therefore, look for any earthly things, but for the Savior — who will grant us His salvation, His aid and deliverance in life and death, and will conduct us safely at last, though we should wait some time for His help.
Yes, my Redeemer, they who wait, depend upon, and hope in You — shall not be ashamed. Grant us only faith and patience, that we may wait on You from one morning watch to another; and enduring all things, make the whole course of our lives one perpetual expectation of Your aid; and may we ever abundantly experience Your help and salvation, especially at our latter end.
O to die, leaning on the bosom of Jesus, enjoying His presence, and triumphing in His name!
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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