Dear Partners and Friends,
After spending time in study and prayer this morning, I really felt impressed to share this word with you all. I will be interrupting our blog series Be the One to give you what I really felt would be a blessing and an encouragement to you.
The Holy Spirit placed Psalms 27:14 on my heart this morning as I was praying for you.
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord.
Let’s take this scripture section by section and look at what God is saying to us. First, “wait on the Lord.” For most of us, our first thought on waiting on the Lord is to sit quietly “waiting” on Him in a time of prayer. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will lead you this way, but this waiting on the Lord can also can mean to “hope” in the Lord. The definition for hope is confident expectation. In other words, have a confident expectation in the Lord during any situations in life that may come along.
How do we gain a confident expectation? Spend time in His word, spend time in prayer, and speak His word - especially the word that we need for that very moment of our life. Most of the time waiting is not a passive situation. It is an aggressive pursuit of what God has promised you! In this waiting on the Lord, you have a confident expectation that you WILL receive the promise of God that you are standing for.
The next part of this verse states, “Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart.” I love this part because God is very direct in what we are to do here. Our move is to be of good courage. The definition of courage is a mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. So, in other words, the Lord is telling us to stand strong mentally and morally. Keep persevering forward, withstand fear, and withstand difficulties that may rise before you. You do this by waiting on Him! Waiting on Him with a confident expectation that He will bring you through this situation at hand. When we do this, God almighty Himself, will strengthen your heart! We don’t have to figure out how to strengthen ourselves, God will strengthen us!
At the end of this passage, the psalmist reminds us again: “Wait, I Say, on the Lord!” In my own paraphrase he is saying, “if you didn’t get it the first time, here it is again because this is very important part, you must wait on the Lord”. Hope in the Lord! Have a confident expectation in the Lord.
I want to share this very same verse out of the Passion translation:
Here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Don’t give up; don’t be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for He will never disappoint you!
Keep pressing forward, Champions! Keep holding onto to God and His word with a confident expectation that you will receive the end of your faith!