[Matthew Henry is greatly known for his magnificent commentary on the whole Bible.  He also wrote a book proposing A Method for Prayer, in between writing volumes of that commentary.  This series of articles is from that book.] A Study by Matthew Henry (1662-1714)   How to Spend Every Day with God, pt. 4   “…On Thee do I wait all the day.” (Psalm 25:5). For Application. First .   Let   me   further   urge   upon   you   this   duty   of   waiting   upon   God   all   the   day,   in some   more   particular   instances,   according   to   what   you   have   to   do   all   the   day   in   the ordinary   business   of   it.   We   are   weak   and   forgetful,   and   need   to   be   put   in   mind   of our   duty   in   general,   upon   every   occasion   for   the   doing   of   it;   and   therefore   I   choose to be thus particular, that I may be your remembrancer. 1.   When   you   meet   with   your   families   in   the   morning,   wait   upon   God   for   a   blessing upon   them,   and   attend   him   with   your   thanksgivings   for   the   mercies   you   and   yours have   jointly   received   from   God   the   night   past:   you   and   yours   houses   must   serve   the Lord,   must   wait   on   him.   See   it   owing   to   his   goodness,   who   is   the   founder   and   father of   the   families   of   the   righteous,   that   you   are   together,   that   the   voice   of   rejoicing   and salvation    is    in    your    tabernacles,    and    therefore    wait    upon    him    to    continue    you together,   to   make   you   comforts   to   one   another,   to   enable   you   to   do   the   duty   of every    relation,    and    to    lengthen    out    the    days    of    your    tranquility.    In    all    the conversation   we   have   with   our   families,   the   provision   we   make   for   them,   and   the orders   we   give   concerning   them,   we   must   wait   upon   God,   as   the   God   of   all   the families   of   Israel,   (see   Jer.   21:1);   and   have   an   eye   to   Christ,   as   he   in   whom   all   the families of the earth are blessed. Every   member   of   the   family,   sharing   in   family   mercies,   must   wait   on   God   for   grace to   contribute   to   family   duties.   Whatever   disagreeableness   there   may   be   in   any family   relation,   instead   of   having   the   spirit   either   burdened   with   it,   or   provoked   by it,    let    it    be    an    inducement    to    wait    on    God,    who    is    able    either    to    redress    the grievance, or to balance it, and give grace to bear it. 2.   When   you   are   pursuing   the   education   of   your   children,   or   the   young   ones   under your   charge,   wait   upon   God   for   his   grace   to   make   the   means   of   their   education successful.   When   you   are   yourselves   giving   them   instruction   in   things   pertaining either   to   life   or   godliness,   their   general   or   particular   calling,   when   you   are   sending them   to   school   in   the   morning,   or   ordering   them   the   business   of   the   day,   wait   upon God    to    give    them    an    understanding,    and    a    good    capacity    for    their    business: Especially   their   main   business,   for   it   is   God   that   giveth   wisdom.   If   they   are   but slow,   and   do   not   come   on   as   you   could   wish,   yet   wait   on   God   to   bring   them forward,   and   to   give   them   his   grace   in   his   own   time;   and   while   you   are   patiently waiting   on   him,   that   will   encourage   you   to   take   pains   with   them,   and   will   likewise make you patient and gentle towards them. And   let   children   and   young   people   wait   on   God   in   all   their   daily   endeavours,   to   fit themselves   for   the   service   of   God   and   their   generation.   You   desire   to   be   comforts   to your   relations,   to   be   good   for   something   in   this   world,   do   you   not?—Beg   of   God then   a   wise   and   understanding   heart,   as   Solomon   did,   and   wait   upon   him   all   the day   for   it,   that   you   may   be   still   increasing   in   wisdom,   as   you   do   in   stature,   and   in favour with God and man. 3.    When    you    go    to    your    shops,    or    apply    yourselves    to    the    business    of    your particular   calling,   wait   upon   God   for   his   presence   with   you.   Your   business   calls   for your   constant   attendance   every   day,   and   all   the   day;   keep   thy   shop,   and   thy   shop will   keep   thee;   but   let   your   attendance   on   God   in   your   callings   be   as   constant   as your   attendance   on   your   callings.   Eye   God’s   providence   in   all   the   occurrences   of them.   Open   shop   with   this   thought,   I   am   now   in   the   way   of   my   duty,   and   I   depend   upon God   to   bless   me   in   it .   When   you   are   waiting   for   customers,   wait   on   God   to   find   you something   to   do   in   that   calling   to   which   he   hath   called   you.   Those   you   call   chance customers,   you   should   rather   call   Providence   customers,   and   should   say   of   the advantage you make by them, the Lord my God brought it to me. When   you   are   buying   and   selling,   see   God’s   eye   upon   you,   to   observe   whether   you are   honest   and   just   in   your   dealings,   and   do   no   wrong   to   those   you   deal   with;   and let   your   eye   then   be   up   to   him,   for   that   discretion   to   which   God   doth   instruct,   not only   the   husbandman,   but   the   tradesman   (see   Isa.   28:26);   that   prudence   which directs   the   way,   and   with   which   it   is   promised,   the   good   man   shall   order   his   affairs; for   that   blessing   which   makes   rich,   and   adds   no   sorrow   with   it,   for   that   honest profit which may be expected in the way of honest diligence. 4.   When   you   take   a   book   in   your   hands,   God’s   book,   or   any   other   useful   good book,   wait   upon   God   for   his   grace   to   enable   you   to   make   a   good   use   of   it.   Some   of you   spend   a   deal   of   time   every   day   in   reading,   and   I   hope   none   of   you   let   a   day pass   without   reading   some   portion   of   scripture,   either   alone   or   with   your   families. Take   heed   that   the   time   you   spend   in   reading   be   not   lost   time.   It   is   so,   if   you   read that   which   is   idle,   and   vain,   and   unprofitable;   it   is   so,   if   you   read   that   which   is good,   even   the   word   of   God   itself,   and   do   not   mind   it,   or   observe   it,   or   aim   to   make it   of   any   advantage   to   you.   Wait   upon   God,   who   gives   you   those   helps   for   your souls,    to    make    them    helpful    indeed    to    you.    The    Eunuch    did    so    when    he    was reading   the   book   of   the   prophet   Isaiah   in   his   chariot;   and   God   presently   sent   him one, who made him understand what he read. You   read   perhaps   now   and   then   the   histories   of   former   times.   In   acquainting yourselves   with   them,   you   must   have   an   eye   to   God,   and   to   that   wise   and   gracious Providence   which   governed   the   world   before   we   were   born,   and   preserved   the church   in   it,   and   therefore   may   be   still   depended   upon   to   do   all   for   the   best;   for   he is Israel’s king of old. 5.   When   you   sit   down   to   your   tables,   wait   on   God.   See   his   hand   spreading   and preparing   a   table   before   you   in   spite   of   your   enemies,   and   in   the   society   of   your friends;   often   review   the   grant   which   God   made   to   our   first   father   Adam,   and   in him   to   us,   of   the   products   of   the   earth   in   Gen.   1:29:   Behold   I   have   given   you   every   herb- bearing    seed,    bread    corn    especially,    to    you    it    shall    be    for    meat .    And    the    grant    he afterwards   made   to   Noah,   our   second   father,   and   in   him   to   us,   in   Gen.   9:3:   Every moving   thing   that   liveth   shall   be   meat   for   you,   even   as   the   green   herb .   See   in   those   things what a bountiful benefactor he is to mankind, and wait upon him accordingly. 6.    Desire    of    God    a    blessing    upon    what    you    give    in    charity,    that    it    may    be comfortable   to   whom   it   is   given,   and   that,   though   what   you   are   able   to   give   is   but   a little,   like   the   widow’s   two   mites,   yet   that,   by   God’s   blessing,   may   be   doubled,   and made to go a great way, like the widow’s meal in the barrel, and oil in the cruise. Depend   upon   God   to   make   up   to   you   what   you   lay   out   in   good   works,   and   to recompense    it    abundantly    in    the    resurrection    of    the    just:    nay,    and    you    are encouraged   to   wait   upon   him   for   a   return   of   it   even   in   this   life;   it   is   bread   cast   upon the   waters,   which   you   shall   find   again   after   many   days;   and   you   shall   carefully observe   the   providence   of   God,   whether   it   do   not   make   you   rich   amends   for   your good     works,     according     to     the     promise,     that     you     may     understand     the lovingkindness of the Lord, and his faithfulness to the word which he hath spoken. 7.   When   you   inquire   after   public   news,   in   that   wait   upon   God,   do   it   with   an   eye   to him,    for    this    reason:    because    you    are    truly    concerned    for    the    interests    of    his kingdom    in    the    world,    and    lay    them    near    your    hearts;    because    you    have    a compassion   for   mankind,   for   the   lives   and   souls   of   men,   and   especially   of   God’s people. Ask   what   news,   not   as   the Athenians,   only   to   satisfy   a   vain   curiosity,   and   to pass   away   an   idle   hour   or   two,   but   that   you   may   know   how   to   direct   your   prayers and   praises,   and   how   to   balance   your   hopes   and   fears;   and   may   gain   such   an understanding of the times, as to learn what you and others ought to do. 8.   When   we   retire   into   solitude,   to   be   alone   walking   in   the   fields,   or   alone   reposing ourselves   in   our   closets,   still   we   must   be   waiting   on   God,   still   we   must   keep   up   our communion   with   him   when   we   are   communing   with   our   hearts.   When   we   are alone,   we   must   not   be   alone,   but   the   Father   must   be   with   us,   and   we   with   him.   We shall   find   temptations   even   in   solitude,   which   we   have   need   to   guard   against.   Satan set   upon   our   Saviour   when   he   was   alone   in   the   wilderness,   but   there   also   we   have an   opportunity,   if   we   but   know   how   to   improve   it,   for   that   devout,   that   divine contemplation,   which   is   the   best   conversation,   so   that   we   may   never   be   less   alone than   when   alone.   If   when   we   sit   alone,   and   keep   silent,   withdrawn   from   business and   conversation,   we   have   but   the   art,   I   should   say   the   heart,   to   fill   up   those   vacant minutes   with   pious   meditations   of   God   and   divine   things,   we   then   gather   up   the fragments   of   time   which   remain,   that   nothing   may   be   lost,   and   so   are   we   found waiting on God all the day. Secondly.    Let    me    use    some    motives    to    persuade    you    thus    to    live    a    life    of communion with God, by waiting on him all the day. 1.   Consider   the   eye   of   God   is   always   upon   you.   When   we   are   with   our   superiors, and   observe   them   to   look   upon   us,   that   causes   us   to   look   upon   them;   and   shall   we not   then   look   up   to   God,   whose   eyes   always   behold,   and   whose   eye-lids   try   the children   of   men.   He   sees   all   the   motions   of   our   hearts,   and   sees   with   pleasure   the motions   of   our   hearts   towards   him,   which   should   engage   us   to   set   him   always before us. The   servant,   though   he   be   careless   at   other   times,   yet   when   he   is   under   his   master’s eye,   will   wait   in   his   place,   and   keep   close   to   his   business.   We   need   no   more   to engage   us   to   diligence,   than   to   do   our   work   with   eye-service   while   our   master   looks on; and because he ever doth so, then we shall never look off. 2.   The   God   you   are   to   wait   on   is   one   with   whom   you   have   to   do.   All   things,   even the   thoughts   and   intents   of   the   heart,   are   naked   and   open   unto   the   eyes   of   him   with whom   we   have   to   do   (see   Heb.   4:13);   with   whom   we   have   business    or   word ,   who   hath something   to   say   to   us,   and   to   whom   we   have   something   to   say;   or,   as   some   read   it, to   whom   for   us   there   is   an   account;   there   is   a   reckoning,   a   running   account   between us   and   him. And   we   must,   every   one   of   us,   shortly   give   account   of   ourselves   to   him, and   of   everything   done   in   the   body,   and   therefore   are   concerned   to   wait   on   him, that   all   may   be   made   even   daily   between   us   and   him   in   the   blood   of   Christ,   which balanceth   the   account.   If   we   consider   how   much   we   have   to   do   with   God   every   day, we would be more diligent and constant in our attendance on him. 3.   The   God   we   are   to   wait   upon   continually   waits   to   be   gracious   to   us;   he   is   always doing   us   good,   presents   us   with   the   blessings   of   his   goodness,   daily   loads   us   with his   benefits,   and   slips   no   opportunity   of   showing   his   care   for   us   when   we   are   in danger:   his   bounty   to   us   when   we   are   in   want,   and   his   tenderness   for   us   when   we are   in   sorrow.   His   good   providence   awaits   on   us   all   the   day,   to   preserve   our   going out   and   coming   in   (see   Isa.   30:18),   to   give   us   relief   and   succour   in   due   season,   to   be seen   in   the   mount   of   the   Lord.   Nay,   his   good   grace   waits   on   us   all   the   day,   to   help us   in   every   time   of   need,   to   be   strength   to   us   according   as   the   day   is,   and   all   the occurrences    of    the    day.    Is    God    thus    forward    to    do    us    good,    and    shall    we    be backward and remiss in doing him service? 4.   If   we   attend   upon   God,   his   holy   angels   shall   have   a   charge   to   attend   upon   us. They   are   all   appointed   to   be   ministering   spirits,   to   minister   for   the   good   of   them that   shall   be   heirs   of   salvation,   and   more   good   offices   they   do   us   every   day   than   we are   aware   of.   What   an   honour,   what   a   privilege   is   it   to   be   waited   on   by   holy   angels, to   be   borne   up   in   their   arms,   to   be   surrounded   by   their   tents!   What   a   security   is   the ministration   of   those   good   spirits   against   the   malice   of   evil   spirits!   This   honour have all they that wait on God all the day. 5.   This   life   of   communion   with   God,   and   constant   attendance   upon   him,   is   a heaven   upon   earth.   It   is   doing   the   work   of   heaven,   and   the   will   of   God,   as   they   do   it that   are   in   heaven,   whose   business   it   is   always   to   behold   the   face   of   our   Father.   It   is an   earnest   of   the   blessedness   of   heaven;   it   is   a   preparative   for   it,   and   a   preludium   to it;   it   is   having   our   conversation   in   heaven,   from   whence   we   look   for   the   Saviour. Looking   for   him   as   our   Saviour,   we   look   to   him   as   our   director,   and   by   this   we make   it   appear   that   our   hearts   are   there,   which   will   give   us   good   ground   to   expect that we shall be there shortly. Thirdly ,   let   me   close   with   some   directions,   what   you   must   do   that   you   may   thus wait on God all the day. 1.   See   much   of   God   in   every   creature :   of   his   wisdom   and   power   in   the   making   and placing   of   it,   and   of   his   goodness   and   serviceableness   to   us.   Look   about   you,   and see   what   a   variety   of   wonders,   what   an   abundance   of   comforts   you   are   surrounded with,   and   let   them   all   lead   you   to   him,   who   is   the   fountain   of   being,   and   the   giver   of all   good;   all   our   springs   are   in   him,   and   from   him   are   all   our   streams.   This   will engage   us   to   wait   on   him,   since   every   creature   is   that   to   us   which   he   makes   it   to   be. Thus   the   same   things   which   draw   a   carnal   heart   from   God,   will   lead   a   gracious   soul to   him;   and   since   all   his   works   praise   him,   his   saints   will   from   hence   take   continual occasion to bless him. It   was   (they   say)   the   custom   of   the   pious   Jews   of   old,   whatever   delight   they   took   in any   creature,   to   give   to   God   the   glory   of   it.   When   they   smelled   a   flower,   they   said, “Blessed   be   he   that   made   this   flower   sweet.”   If   they   ate   a   morsel   of   bread,   they   said, “Blessed   be   he   that   appointed   bread   to   strengthen   man’s   heart.”   If   thus   we   taste   in everything   that   the   Lord   is   gracious,   and   suck   all   satisfaction   from   the   breasts   of   his bounty,   we   shall   thereby   be   engaged   constantly   to   depend   on   him,   as   the   child   is said to hang on the mother’s breast. 2.   See   every   creature   to   be   nothing   without   God .   The   more   we   discern   of   the   vanity   and emptiness   of   the   world,   and   all   our   enjoyments   in   it,   and   their   utter   insufficiency   to make   us   happy,   the   closer   we   shall   cleave   to   God,   and   the   more   intimately   we   shall converse   with   him,   that   we   may   find   that   satisfaction   in   the   Father   of   spirits,   which we   have   in   vain   sought   for   in   the   things   of   sense.   What   folly   is   it   to   make   our   court to   the   creatures,   and   to   dance   attendance   at   their   door,   whence   we   are   sure   to   be sent   away   empty,   when   we   have   the   Creator   himself   to   go   to,   who   is   rich   in   mercy to   all   that   call   upon   him,   is   full,   and   free,   and   faithful.   What   can   we   expect   from lying   vanities?   Why   then   should   we   observe   them,   and   neglect   our   own   mercies? Why   should   we   trust   to   broken   reeds,   when   we   have   a   rock   of   ages   to   be   the foundation   of   our   hopes? And   why   should   we   draw   from   broken   cisterns,   when   we have the God of all consolation to be the foundation of our joys? 3.   Live   by   faith   in   the   Lord   Jesus   Christ .   We   cannot   with   any   confidence   wait   upon God   but   in   and   through   a   Mediator,   for   it   is   by   his   Son   that   God   speaks   to   us,   and hears   from   us.   All   that   passeth   between   a   just   God   and   poor   sinners,   must   pass through   the   hands   of   that   blessed   daysman,   who   has   laid   his   hand   upon   them   both; every   prayer   passeth   from   us   to   God,   and   every   mercy   from   God   to   us   by   that hand.   It   is   in   the   face   of   the   Anointed   that   God   looks   upon   us;   and   in   the   face   of Jesus   Christ   that   we   behold   the   glory   and   grace   of   God   shining;   it   is   by   Christ   that we   have   access   to   God,   and   success   with   him   in   prayer,   and   therefore   we   must make    mention    of    his    righteousness,    even    of    his    only.    And    in    that    habitual attendance   we   must   be   all   the   day   living   upon   God;   we   must   have   a   constant dependence   on   him,   who   always   appears   in   the   presence   of   God   for   us,   always gives attendance to be ready to introduce us. 4.   Look   upon   every   day   as   those   who   know   not   but   it   may   be   your   last   day .   At   such   an hour   as   we   think   not   the   Son   of   man   comes,   and   therefore   we   cannot   any   morning be    sure    that    we    shall    live    until    night.    We    hear    of    many    lately    that    have    been snatched   away   very   suddenly.   What   manner   of   persons   therefore   ought   we   to   be   in all   holy   conversation   and   godliness?   Though   we   cannot   say,   we   ought   to   live   as   if we   were   sure   this   day   would   be   our   last;   yet   it   is   certain,   we   ought   to   live   as   those who   do   not   know   but   that   it   may   be   so;   and   the   rather,   because   we   know   the   day   of the   Lord   will   come   first   or   last;   and   therefore   we   are   concerned   to   wait   on   him.   For on whom should poor dying creatures wait, but on a living God. Death   will   bring   us   all   to   God,   to   be   judged   by   him;   it   will   bring   all   the   saints   to him   to   the   vision   and   fruition   of   him;   and   one   we   are   hastening   to,   and   hope   to   be forever   with,   we   are   concerned   to   wait   upon,   and   to   cultivate   an   acquaintance   with. If   we   thought   more   of   death,   we   would   converse   more   with   God.   Our   dying   daily, is   a   good   reason   for   our   worshipping   daily;   and   therefore   wherever   we   are,   we   are concerned   to   keep   near   to   God,   because   we   know   not   where   death   will   meet   us;   this will   alter   the   property   of   death.   Enoch,   that   walked   with   God,   was   translated   that he   should   not   see   death;   and   this   will   furnish   us   with   that   which   will   stand   us instead   on   the   other   side   of   death   and   the   grave.   If   we   continue   waiting   on   God every   day,   and   all   the   day   long,   we   shall   grow   more   experienced,   and   consequently more   expert   in   the   great   mystery   of   communion   with   God;   and   thus   our   last   days will   become   our   best   days,   our   last   works   our   best   works,   and   our   last   comforts   our sweetest   comforts.   In   consideration   of   which   take   the   prophet’s   advice,   “Turn   thou to   thy   God;   keep   mercy   and   judgment,   and   wait   on   thy   God   continually”   (Hos. 12:6). [This concludes this study by Matthew Henry.] This   article   is   taken   from:      Henry,   Matthew.      A   Method   for   Prayer .   Glasgow:   D. Mackenzie,   1834.   (Originally   published   in   1710).      A   PDF   file   of   this   book   can   be downloaded, free of charge, at: http://www.ClassicChristianLibrary.com    
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[Matthew Henry is greatly known for his magnificent commentary on the whole Bible.  He also wrote a book proposing A Method for Prayer, in between writing volumes of that commentary.  This series of articles is from that book.] A Study by Matthew Henry (1662-1714)   How to Spend Every Day with God, pt. 4   “…On Thee do I wait all the day.” (Psalm 25:5). For Application. First .    Let    me    further    urge    upon    you    this    duty    of waiting   upon   God   all   the   day,   in   some   more   particular instances,   according   to   what   you   have   to   do   all   the   day in    the    ordinary    business    of    it.    We    are    weak    and forgetful,   and   need   to   be   put   in   mind   of   our   duty   in general,   upon   every   occasion   for   the   doing   of   it;   and therefore   I   choose   to   be   thus   particular,   that   I   may   be your remembrancer. 1.   When   you   meet   with   your   families   in   the   morning, wait   upon   God   for   a   blessing   upon   them,   and   attend him   with   your   thanksgivings   for   the   mercies   you   and yours   have   jointly   received   from   God   the   night   past: you   and   yours   houses   must   serve   the   Lord,   must   wait on    him.    See    it    owing    to    his    goodness,    who    is    the founder   and   father   of   the   families   of   the   righteous,   that you    are    together,    that    the    voice    of    rejoicing    and salvation    is    in    your    tabernacles,    and    therefore    wait upon    him    to    continue    you    together,    to    make    you comforts   to   one   another,   to   enable   you   to   do   the   duty of   every   relation,   and   to   lengthen   out   the   days   of   your tranquility.   In   all   the   conversation   we   have   with   our families,    the    provision    we    make    for    them,    and    the orders   we   give   concerning   them,   we   must   wait   upon God,   as   the   God   of   all   the   families   of   Israel,   (see   Jer. 21:1);   and   have   an   eye   to   Christ,   as   he   in   whom   all   the families of the earth are blessed. Every     member     of     the     family,     sharing     in     family mercies,   must   wait   on   God   for   grace   to   contribute   to family   duties.   Whatever   disagreeableness   there   may   be in    any    family    relation,    instead    of    having    the    spirit either   burdened   with   it,   or   provoked   by   it,   let   it   be   an inducement    to    wait    on    God,    who    is    able    either    to redress   the   grievance,   or   to   balance   it,   and   give   grace to bear it. 2.    When    you    are    pursuing    the    education    of    your children,   or   the   young   ones   under   your   charge,   wait upon   God   for   his   grace   to   make   the   means   of   their education   successful.   When   you   are   yourselves   giving them   instruction   in   things   pertaining   either   to   life   or godliness,   their   general   or   particular   calling,   when   you are   sending   them   to   school   in   the   morning,   or   ordering them   the   business   of   the   day,   wait   upon   God   to   give them   an   understanding,   and   a   good   capacity   for   their business:   Especially   their   main   business,   for   it   is   God that   giveth   wisdom.   If   they   are   but   slow,   and   do   not come   on   as   you   could   wish,   yet   wait   on   God   to   bring them   forward,   and   to   give   them   his   grace   in   his   own time;   and   while   you   are   patiently   waiting   on   him,   that will   encourage   you   to   take   pains   with   them,   and   will likewise make you patient and gentle towards them. And   let   children   and   young   people   wait   on   God   in   all their   daily   endeavours,   to   fit   themselves   for   the   service of   God   and   their   generation.   You   desire   to   be   comforts to    your    relations,    to    be    good    for    something    in    this world,    do    you    not?—Beg    of    God    then    a    wise    and understanding   heart,   as   Solomon   did,   and   wait   upon him   all   the   day   for   it,   that   you   may   be   still   increasing in   wisdom,   as   you   do   in   stature,   and   in   favour   with God and man. 3.   When   you   go   to   your   shops,   or   apply   yourselves   to the   business   of   your   particular   calling,   wait   upon   God for   his   presence   with   you.   Your   business   calls   for   your constant   attendance   every   day,   and   all   the   day;   keep thy   shop,   and   thy   shop   will   keep   thee;   but   let   your attendance   on   God   in   your   callings   be   as   constant   as your      attendance      on      your      callings.      Eye      God’s providence   in   all   the   occurrences   of   them.   Open   shop with   this   thought,   I   am   now   in   the   way   of   my   duty,   and   I depend   upon   God   to   bless   me   in   it .   When   you   are   waiting for   customers,   wait   on   God   to   find   you   something   to do   in   that   calling   to   which   he   hath   called   you.   Those you    call    chance    customers,    you    should    rather    call Providence      customers,      and      should      say      of      the advantage   you   make   by   them,   the   Lord   my   God   brought it to me. When   you   are   buying   and   selling,   see   God’s   eye   upon you,   to   observe   whether   you   are   honest   and   just   in your    dealings,    and    do    no    wrong    to    those    you    deal with;    and    let    your    eye    then    be    up    to    him,    for    that discretion   to   which   God   doth   instruct,   not   only   the husbandman,   but   the   tradesman   (see   Isa.   28:26);   that prudence   which   directs   the   way,   and   with   which   it   is promised,   the   good   man   shall   order   his   affairs;   for   that blessing   which   makes   rich,   and   adds   no   sorrow   with   it, for   that   honest   profit   which   may   be   expected   in   the way of honest diligence. 4.   When   you   take   a   book   in   your   hands,   God’s   book, or   any   other   useful   good   book,   wait   upon   God   for   his grace   to   enable   you   to   make   a   good   use   of   it.   Some   of you   spend   a   deal   of   time   every   day   in   reading,   and   I hope   none   of   you   let   a   day   pass   without   reading   some portion   of   scripture,   either   alone   or   with   your   families. Take   heed   that   the   time   you   spend   in   reading   be   not lost   time.   It   is   so,   if   you   read   that   which   is   idle,   and vain,   and   unprofitable;   it   is   so,   if   you   read   that   which   is good,   even   the   word   of   God   itself,   and   do   not   mind   it, or   observe   it,   or   aim   to   make   it   of   any   advantage   to you.   Wait   upon   God,   who   gives   you   those   helps   for your   souls,   to   make   them   helpful   indeed   to   you.   The Eunuch   did   so   when   he   was   reading   the   book   of   the prophet   Isaiah   in   his   chariot;   and   God   presently   sent him one, who made him understand what he read. You    read    perhaps    now    and    then    the    histories    of former    times.    In    acquainting    yourselves    with    them, you   must   have   an   eye   to   God,   and   to   that   wise   and gracious   Providence   which   governed   the   world   before we    were    born,    and    preserved    the    church    in    it,    and therefore   may   be   still   depended   upon   to   do   all   for   the best; for he is Israel’s king of old. 5.   When   you   sit   down   to   your   tables,   wait   on   God.   See his   hand   spreading   and   preparing   a   table   before   you   in spite    of    your    enemies,    and    in    the    society    of    your friends;   often   review   the   grant   which   God   made   to   our first   father   Adam,   and   in   him   to   us,   of   the   products   of the   earth   in   Gen.   1:29:   Behold   I   have   given   you   every   herb- bearing   seed,   bread   corn   especially,   to   you   it   shall   be   for meat .   And   the   grant   he   afterwards   made   to   Noah,   our second    father,    and    in    him    to    us,    in    Gen.    9:3:    Every moving   thing   that   liveth   shall   be   meat   for   you,   even   as   the green    herb .    See    in    those    things    what    a    bountiful benefactor    he    is    to    mankind,    and    wait    upon    him accordingly. 6.   Desire   of   God   a   blessing   upon   what   you   give   in charity,   that   it   may   be   comfortable   to   whom   it   is   given, and   that,   though   what   you   are   able   to   give   is   but   a little,   like   the   widow’s   two   mites,   yet   that,   by   God’s blessing,   may   be   doubled,   and   made   to   go   a   great   way, like    the    widow’s    meal    in    the    barrel,    and    oil    in    the cruise. Depend   upon   God   to   make   up   to   you   what   you   lay out   in   good   works,   and   to   recompense   it   abundantly   in the     resurrection     of     the     just:     nay,     and     you     are encouraged   to   wait   upon   him   for   a   return   of   it   even   in this   life;   it   is   bread   cast   upon   the   waters,   which   you shall    find    again    after    many    days;    and    you    shall carefully   observe   the   providence   of   God,   whether   it   do not    make    you    rich    amends    for    your    good    works, according   to   the   promise,   that   you   may   understand   the lovingkindness   of   the   Lord,   and   his   faithfulness   to   the word which he hath spoken. 7.   When   you   inquire   after   public   news,   in   that   wait upon   God,   do   it   with   an   eye   to   him,   for   this   reason: because   you   are   truly   concerned   for   the   interests   of   his kingdom   in   the   world,   and   lay   them   near   your   hearts; because   you   have   a   compassion   for   mankind,   for   the lives   and   souls   of   men,   and   especially   of   God’s   people. Ask   what   news,   not   as   the   Athenians,   only   to   satisfy   a vain   curiosity,   and   to   pass   away   an   idle   hour   or   two, but   that   you   may   know   how   to   direct   your   prayers   and praises,   and   how   to   balance   your   hopes   and   fears;   and may   gain   such   an   understanding   of   the   times,   as   to learn what you and others ought to do. 8.   When   we   retire   into   solitude,   to   be   alone   walking   in the   fields,   or   alone   reposing   ourselves   in   our   closets, still   we   must   be   waiting   on   God,   still   we   must   keep   up our   communion   with   him   when   we   are   communing with   our   hearts.   When   we   are   alone,   we   must   not   be alone,   but   the   Father   must   be   with   us,   and   we   with him.   We   shall   find   temptations   even   in   solitude,   which we   have   need   to   guard   against.   Satan   set   upon   our Saviour   when   he   was   alone   in   the   wilderness,   but   there also   we   have   an   opportunity,   if   we   but   know   how   to improve   it,   for   that   devout,   that   divine   contemplation, which   is   the   best   conversation,   so   that   we   may   never be   less   alone   than   when   alone.   If   when   we   sit   alone, and     keep     silent,     withdrawn     from     business     and conversation,   we   have   but   the   art,   I   should   say   the heart,    to    fill    up    those    vacant    minutes    with    pious meditations   of   God   and   divine   things,   we   then   gather up   the   fragments   of   time   which   remain,   that   nothing may   be   lost,   and   so   are   we   found   waiting   on   God   all the day. Secondly.   Let   me   use   some   motives   to   persuade   you thus   to   live   a   life   of   communion   with   God,   by   waiting on him all the day. 1.   Consider   the   eye   of   God   is   always   upon   you.   When we   are   with   our   superiors,   and   observe   them   to   look upon   us,   that   causes   us   to   look   upon   them;   and   shall we    not    then    look    up    to    God,    whose    eyes    always behold,   and   whose   eye-lids   try   the   children   of   men.   He sees    all    the    motions    of    our    hearts,    and    sees    with pleasure   the   motions   of   our   hearts   towards   him,   which should engage us to set him always before us. The   servant,   though   he   be   careless   at   other   times,   yet when   he   is   under   his   master’s   eye,   will   wait   in   his place,   and   keep   close   to   his   business.   We   need   no   more to   engage   us   to   diligence,   than   to   do   our   work   with eye-service   while   our   master   looks   on;   and   because   he ever doth so, then we shall never look off. 2.   The   God   you   are   to   wait   on   is   one   with   whom   you have   to   do. All   things,   even   the   thoughts   and   intents   of the   heart,   are   naked   and   open   unto   the   eyes   of   him with   whom   we   have   to   do   (see   Heb.   4:13);   with   whom we   have   business    or   word ,   who   hath   something   to   say   to us,   and   to   whom   we   have   something   to   say;   or,   as some   read   it,   to   whom   for   us   there   is   an   account;   there is   a   reckoning,   a   running   account   between   us   and   him. And   we   must,   every   one   of   us,   shortly   give   account   of ourselves   to   him,   and   of   everything   done   in   the   body, and   therefore   are   concerned   to   wait   on   him,   that   all may   be   made   even   daily   between   us   and   him   in   the blood   of   Christ,   which   balanceth   the   account.   If   we consider   how   much   we   have   to   do   with   God   every   day, we    would    be    more    diligent    and    constant    in    our attendance on him. 3.   The   God   we   are   to   wait   upon   continually   waits   to be   gracious   to   us;   he   is   always   doing   us   good,   presents us   with   the   blessings   of   his   goodness,   daily   loads   us with   his   benefits,   and   slips   no   opportunity   of   showing his   care   for   us   when   we   are   in   danger:   his   bounty   to   us when   we   are   in   want,   and   his   tenderness   for   us   when we   are   in   sorrow.   His   good   providence   awaits   on   us   all the   day,   to   preserve   our   going   out   and   coming   in   (see Isa.   30:18),   to   give   us   relief   and   succour   in   due   season, to   be   seen   in   the   mount   of   the   Lord.   Nay,   his   good grace   waits   on   us   all   the   day,   to   help   us   in   every   time of   need,   to   be   strength   to   us   according   as   the   day   is, and   all   the   occurrences   of   the   day.   Is   God   thus   forward to   do   us   good,   and   shall   we   be   backward   and   remiss   in doing him service? 4.   If   we   attend   upon   God,   his   holy   angels   shall   have   a charge   to   attend   upon   us.   They   are   all   appointed   to   be ministering   spirits,   to   minister   for   the   good   of   them that   shall   be   heirs   of   salvation,   and   more   good   offices they   do   us   every   day   than   we   are   aware   of.   What   an honour,   what   a   privilege   is   it   to   be   waited   on   by   holy angels,   to   be   borne   up   in   their   arms,   to   be   surrounded by   their   tents!   What   a   security   is   the   ministration   of those    good    spirits    against    the    malice    of    evil    spirits! This honour have all they that wait on God all the day. 5.    This    life    of    communion    with    God,    and    constant attendance    upon    him,    is    a    heaven    upon    earth.    It    is doing   the   work   of   heaven,   and   the   will   of   God,   as   they do   it   that   are   in   heaven,   whose   business   it   is   always   to behold   the   face   of   our   Father.   It   is   an   earnest   of   the blessedness   of   heaven;   it   is   a   preparative   for   it,   and   a preludium    to    it;    it    is    having    our    conversation    in heaven,   from   whence   we   look   for   the   Saviour.   Looking for   him   as   our   Saviour,   we   look   to   him   as   our   director, and    by    this    we    make    it    appear    that    our    hearts    are there,   which   will   give   us   good   ground   to   expect   that we shall be there shortly. Thirdly ,   let   me   close   with   some   directions,   what   you must do that you may thus wait on God all the day. 1.   See   much   of   God   in   every   creature :   of   his   wisdom   and power    in    the    making    and    placing    of    it,    and    of    his goodness   and   serviceableness   to   us.   Look   about   you, and   see   what   a   variety   of   wonders,   what   an   abundance of   comforts   you   are   surrounded   with,   and   let   them   all lead   you   to   him,   who   is   the   fountain   of   being,   and   the giver   of   all   good;   all   our   springs   are   in   him,   and   from him   are   all   our   streams.   This   will   engage   us   to   wait   on him,   since   every   creature   is   that   to   us   which   he   makes it   to   be.   Thus   the   same   things   which   draw   a   carnal heart   from   God,   will   lead   a   gracious   soul   to   him;   and since    all    his    works    praise    him,    his    saints    will    from hence take continual occasion to bless him. It   was   (they   say)   the   custom   of   the   pious   Jews   of   old, whatever   delight   they   took   in   any   creature,   to   give   to God   the   glory   of   it.   When   they   smelled   a   flower,   they said,   “Blessed   be   he   that   made   this   flower   sweet.”   If they   ate   a   morsel   of   bread,   they   said,   “Blessed   be   he that    appointed    bread    to    strengthen    man’s    heart.”    If thus   we   taste   in   everything   that   the   Lord   is   gracious, and   suck   all   satisfaction   from   the   breasts   of   his   bounty, we   shall   thereby   be   engaged   constantly   to   depend   on him, as the child is said to hang on the mother’s breast. 2.   See   every   creature   to   be   nothing   without   God .   The   more we   discern   of   the   vanity   and   emptiness   of   the   world, and     all     our     enjoyments     in     it,     and     their     utter insufficiency    to    make    us    happy,    the    closer    we    shall cleave    to    God,    and    the    more    intimately    we    shall converse   with   him,   that   we   may   find   that   satisfaction in   the   Father   of   spirits,   which   we   have   in   vain   sought for   in   the   things   of   sense.   What   folly   is   it   to   make   our court   to   the   creatures,   and   to   dance   attendance   at   their door,   whence   we   are   sure   to   be   sent   away   empty,   when we   have   the   Creator   himself   to   go   to,   who   is   rich   in mercy   to   all   that   call   upon   him,   is   full,   and   free,   and faithful.   What   can   we   expect   from   lying   vanities?   Why then   should   we   observe   them,   and   neglect   our   own mercies?   Why   should   we   trust   to   broken   reeds,   when we   have   a   rock   of   ages   to   be   the   foundation   of   our hopes?    And     why     should     we     draw     from     broken cisterns,   when   we   have   the   God   of   all   consolation   to   be the foundation of our joys? 3.   Live   by   faith   in   the   Lord   Jesus   Christ .   We   cannot   with any   confidence   wait   upon   God   but   in   and   through   a Mediator,   for   it   is   by   his   Son   that   God   speaks   to   us, and   hears   from   us. All   that   passeth   between   a   just   God and   poor   sinners,   must   pass   through   the   hands   of   that blessed   daysman,   who   has   laid   his   hand   upon   them both;   every   prayer   passeth   from   us   to   God,   and   every mercy   from   God   to   us   by   that   hand.   It   is   in   the   face   of the   Anointed   that   God   looks   upon   us;   and   in   the   face of   Jesus   Christ   that   we   behold   the   glory   and   grace   of God   shining;   it   is   by   Christ   that   we   have   access   to   God, and   success   with   him   in   prayer,   and   therefore   we   must make   mention   of   his   righteousness,   even   of   his   only. And   in   that   habitual   attendance   we   must   be   all   the   day living   upon   God;   we   must   have   a   constant   dependence on   him,   who   always   appears   in   the   presence   of   God   for us,   always   gives   attendance   to   be   ready   to   introduce us. 4.   Look   upon   every   day   as   those   who   know   not   but   it   may be   your   last   day .   At   such   an   hour   as   we   think   not   the Son    of    man    comes,    and    therefore    we    cannot    any morning   be   sure   that   we   shall   live   until   night.   We   hear of    many    lately    that    have    been    snatched    away    very suddenly.   What   manner   of   persons   therefore   ought   we to   be   in   all   holy   conversation   and   godliness?   Though we   cannot   say,   we   ought   to   live   as   if   we   were   sure   this day   would   be   our   last;   yet   it   is   certain,   we   ought   to   live as   those   who   do   not   know   but   that   it   may   be   so;   and the   rather,   because   we   know   the   day   of   the   Lord   will come   first   or   last;   and   therefore   we   are   concerned   to wait     on     him.     For     on     whom     should     poor     dying creatures wait, but on a living God. Death   will   bring   us   all   to   God,   to   be   judged   by   him;   it will    bring    all    the    saints    to    him    to    the    vision    and fruition   of   him;   and   one   we   are   hastening   to,   and   hope to   be   forever   with,   we   are   concerned   to   wait   upon,   and to   cultivate   an   acquaintance   with.   If   we   thought   more of    death,    we    would    converse    more    with    God.    Our dying    daily,    is    a    good    reason    for    our    worshipping daily;     and     therefore     wherever     we     are,     we     are concerned   to   keep   near   to   God,   because   we   know   not where   death   will   meet   us;   this   will   alter   the   property   of death.   Enoch,   that   walked   with   God,   was   translated that   he   should   not   see   death;   and   this   will   furnish   us with   that   which   will   stand   us   instead   on   the   other   side of   death   and   the   grave.   If   we   continue   waiting   on   God every   day,   and   all   the   day   long,   we   shall   grow   more experienced,    and    consequently    more    expert    in    the great   mystery   of   communion   with   God;   and   thus   our last   days   will   become   our   best   days,   our   last   works   our best     works,     and     our     last     comforts     our     sweetest comforts.   In   consideration   of   which   take   the   prophet’s advice,    “Turn    thou    to    thy    God;    keep    mercy    and judgment,   and   wait   on   thy   God   continually”   (Hos. 12:6). [This concludes this study by Matthew Henry.] This   article   is   taken   from:      Henry,   Matthew.      A   Method for   Prayer .   Glasgow:   D.   Mackenzie,   1834.   (Originally published   in   1710).      A   PDF   file   of   this   book   can   be downloaded, free of charge, at: http://www.Cla