Wait on the Lord
Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall
strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! (Psalms 27:14)
Waiting is one of the hardest things to do. We want
to be people of action. We feel better if we are doing something to address our
need, but waiting forces us to rely on God. David learned what it meant to
wait. He was chosen by God to be the next king of Israel, then spent years
waiting for the day God’s word would come to pass in his life. As he waited, a
paranoid, egocentric king occupied the throne that had been promised to him.
David spent his time hiding in caves and living among his enemies. As he waited
he saw good friends murdered and his family and possessions taken. He saw
Israel’s enemies wreak havoc on his nation. Perhaps no one ever faced greater
adversity while waiting upon God’s promise than David did. He certainly
understood what it meant to become discouraged and fearful.
But David also enjoyed the reward for waiting upon
the Lord. He became the greatest king in Israel’s history, and, more
importantly, through his trials he became a man after God’s own heart. The
psalms David wrote during his days as a fugitive have been cherished words of
encouragement for millions of people through the ages. Through David’s
descendants came the Messiah. David’s willingness to wait has blessed us all.
Times of waiting on the Lord can be some of the
most precious moments in your life (John 11:1–6). If you are waiting on God for
something, read Isaiah 40:31 and find encouragement as you wait for Him to
fulfill His promises to you.