Wait on the Lord,
Be of good courage,
And He will strengthen your heart,
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
The psalmist David is writing on this occasion, a declaration of his faith in the Lord and his eternal perspective, which allows him to have such a firm foundation even in times of distress. As our focus is on the concluding verses of the psalm, his opening verse sets the tone as he writes, “The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1) This journey of life we’re walking moment by moment, day by day requires of us a genuine faith relationship with our Lord and Savior. At various times will be tested beyond what we believe are the boundaries of our faith requiring us to “fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen (in faith) is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) David disciplined himself to look beyond his immediate circumstances and into the promises of God for both assurance of courage and the strengthening of his heavy heart in difficult seasons or circumstances.
Often some of our greatest challenges come from within as we battle with our minds for both the physical and spiritual realities of this life. There seem to be times when anxiety, depression, or simply the heaviness of life can cause us to question everything we know to be true about our God, about our faith, and about the eternal things we know to be truth. It’s in these times that we find our heart in a “weak” place, our strength is failing, and we’re in need of a divine rescue. If we find ourselves in such circumstances, David gives us specific instructions much like a lifeguard would to someone who is struggling to stay afloat. First don’t panic, but rather set your gaze upon the ONE who can save you, and secondly, “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart, Wait, I say, on the Lord!” There will be times when it appears God is not present, but remember His promise “I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake (turn away from) you. Do not be afraid; Do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8) He is always working in, around, and through our lives for our best interest and ultimately for His glory. Therefore, today Wait on the Lord – He will strengthen your heart!
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You for the promise to strengthen our heavy hearts as we wait for You. Help us today through the power of Your Holy Spirit and by the truth of Your word to, indeed, “Be of good courage,” refusing to bow to our burdens and fears. Lord, You are our true light in dark places when we cannot readily see You, nor feel Your immediate presence. Help us by faith, to fix our eyes on the unseen, eternal things of You that will carry us through any circumstance. Thank You for Your promise to be ever-present with us and to never leave us, but instead to strengthen us while we wait. You are always a good, good heavenly Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.