“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14)
Ahhhh… good words!
A few other “wait” scriptures worth meditating on:
- In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. (Psalm 5:3)
- Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (Psalm 27:14)
- We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 37:20)
- Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; 2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. 3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: 6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. 8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret– it leads only to evil. 9 For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. 10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. 11 But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. (Psalm 37:1-11)
- I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6 My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. 7 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. (Psalm 130:5-7)
- Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! (Isaiah 30:18)
A few quick thoughts on “waiting”:
To “wait” means “to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens” (dictionary.com).
To wait is an indication that you understand you are not in control.
Those who can do something do not typically wait. They act. There are times and circumstances in life however in which we find ourselves incapable of meeting the task at hand. We can walk away or wait… wait on the one who will either deliver us from the cirumstance or empower us to handle it with strength.
Waiting is neither weak nor arrogant. Weakness runs. Arrogance forges ahead (and is ultimately destroyed… “pride goes before a fall.”) When I think of wait I think of staring an enemy in the eye until back up arrives… then I move in and overtake him.
Where in your life do you need to step back and wait on the Lord… or step up and wait on the Lord?
Remember these words today and be strengthened while you wait:
O Israel, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case? 28 Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. 30 Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. 31 But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:27-31 NLT)