Wait for the Lord,
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:14
Okay. I’ll admit it. This waiting is really hard.
Really. I don’t like it one bit.
I have never, ever, prayed for patience.
Maybe that’s why God has put my patience to the test.
What do you think when you read the words, be strong and take heart?
I know….they don’t seem too helpful do they?
And more waiting! Really?
It’s easy to see a pretty picture like the one above and think, “That’s nice.” And move on.
I decided to take a look at that whole chapter of Psalm 27 to see why David would say this.
First of all….it helps to realize that these are the closing verses of Psalm 27.
So, how does the Psalm begin?
The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
Ah ha! Of course! If God is my light, my salvation, and the strength of my life….well…pretty much there isn’t anything left for me to do but wait. He…has…DONE…it…ALL!! Hallelujah!
As we read through the rest of the verses we discover that David is confident in the Lord, that God hides and shelters David, sets him high on a rock, and he even says God is his helper. The next to the last verse, David says something pretty inspiring:
I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
When I look at my situation right now, I could be totally overwhelmed, I could throw up my hands and give up, I could tell God he doesn’t know what he’s doing…or that’s he’s not any help…or…
I could speak truth. Read truth. Believe truth.
Today, I choose to put my faith in the Lord, my Light and my Salvation, the God of angel armies, the Almighty, Redeemer, Restorer, Rebuilder, Provider, Healer, Holy, Powerful, Faithful, Trustworthy, and loving Heavenly Father.
What is it that you are facing?
Join me in believing that He is able to do amazingly more than we can ask or imagine.
Pray big crazy audacious prayers. Trust HIM. And….wait on the Lord!!
Let’s be confident like David. Confident to see the goodness of the Lord….here and now.
Disclaimer. I felt totally overwhelmed this week. I wanted to quit. And then I realized…if I chose to do that a minute longer…the enemy wins and I lose. So….I got out my Bible and read truth, my journal to write truth, and then I prayed it out loud and spoke truth. This embeds truth in my mind. And I wait for the Lord. The ONE who has perfect timing. The ONE who gives perfect peace. The ONE who gives JOY when there seems to be none around.
It’s Joy Day!
The day when we look back over our past week….the good and the not-so-good (okay the awful)…and count ‘seven.’ Seven things for which we choose to be grateful and give thanks.
Will you join me in this?
Lord, I’m thankful for…
- YOU. That you ARE my rock, my shield, my provider
- the privilege of being a guest host with the Monday Funday gals
- the most delicious soup, ever!
- that five dollar bill hiding in the wedding card from Patty for all these years
- your WORD….food for my soul
- Iris blooming in my garden
- knowing I am not alone in this adventure
Now it’s YOUR turn!! Please scroll down to “Share Your Thoughts” and tap in your ‘seven.’
When we count and give thanks….joy comes. I’m pretty sure you need more joy, too.
If this counting does for you what it does for me, then you just might want to take the Joy Dare here.
Thank you, my dear friends, for sticking with me on this journey. I pray that God will use something here to bless and encourage and strengthen you. May you know how very much you are loved. Cherished. May you know HOPE in newness and freshness. And may you know and believe HIS truth.
It really is An Extraordinary Day! Live it to the full!
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