I think worship is a vital part of waiting. Worship takes the focus off of ourselves and our circumstances and what it is that we're waiting for, and places it back on where it should be: the Lord.
If you are in a waiting season, get your behind to a worship service. I don't mean go to church and sing three songs. I mean find a group of people who know how to worship...with their hands, on their knees, with their whole heart...and get your worship on.
Or, invite some friends over (ideally one who can play an instrument) and worship the Lord together in your living room. It doesn't matter where or how, it just matters that you learn to worship in your wait.
There are also times when your worship needs to be between just you and the Lord. Those can be some of the sweetest, most intimate times of praising God amidst your hurt and heartache.
The song Came to My Rescue by Hillsong has become a new favorite...and when I sing the words I can't help but make it a prayer:
In my life be lifted high
In our world be lifted high
In our love be lifted high
and to that I would add...
In our sadness be lifted high
In our hope be lifted high
In our desperation be lifted high
In our confusion be lifted high
In our joy be lifted high
In our waiting be lifted high
Because isn't that the desire of all our hearts? For God to be lifted high in our life and in our world and through our waiting?
Here's a portion of the song if you'd like to worship right now, wherever you're at. Let it become a prayer for your heart to sing all day long...
If I were to create a 'worship while waiting' playlist, it might include some of these songs (some are oldies, and some are new favorites):
Waiting Here For You - Christy Nockels
Carry Me to the Cross - Kutless
Endless Hallelujah - Matt Redman
"No more tears or broken dreams..."
The Stand - Hillsong United
God I Look to You - Bethel Live - Be Lifted High
Faithful God - Laura Story
Hallelujah - Heather Williams
What Joy (Psalm 146)
Everlasting God - Lincoln Brewster
If you say Go - Rachel Milstead
Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer
While I'm Waiting - John Waller
The Love of the Lord Endures - Joy Williams
Silence - Joy Williams
Mighty to Save - Hillsong
Come and Listen - David Crowder Band