Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee. To wait on the LORD means to look for, hope, expect and it means to collect and bind together. The Hebrew word translated as judgments in this scripture means simply a verdict rendered, either favorable or unfavorable. Isaiah is saying my reaction when the judgment of the LORD comes, whether it is favorable or unfavorable to me personally is that I am going to wait on the LORD. I will look for all the pieces to the puzzle, as it were, and bind it all up into a clear picture of how to please the LORD.
Often when unfavorable things happen in our life we can stress and start sliding into the darkness of a defeated and ungrateful attitude. Isaiah teaches here that there are pieces to the grand picture of the LORD’s righteousness in judgments that are both favorable and unfavorable to me. There is both a positive and a negative side to the law of God. Sometimes we are told thou shalt and other times we are told thou shalt not. A magnetic bond is formed within our being that holds us together when we learn to wait on the LORD in both the positive and negative judgments that cross our path. Just like a magnet in the natural world if we embrace only the positive or only the negative the energy repels and pushes away itself so that we never reach the peace of God that passeth all understanding.
Genesis 2:21-22, And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
Adam went into a very dark period of his life, metaphorically speaking, and suffered a huge wound. This could be considered a negative judgment. From that dark time and from that wound the LORD God formed an opposite to Adam that resulted in a wife for Adam and a love relationship.
We will never experience the love of God in its fullest until we learn to wait on God in the way of His judgments, in both the favorable and the unfavorable verdicts.