Keeping steady and not wavering can be daunting as you wait for rescue but if we find our hope fading, we can count on God to give us the strength to hold on just a little longer.
Hi there, and welcome back to Daily Bible Promises with a Twist. And today, we’re going to be starting, as always, from the New International Version. Psalm 27:14, the second half of that verse. “Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
We’re going to read the complete verse now in the new American Standard Bible. Psalm 27:14 -“Wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage, yes wait for the Lord.”
In Hebrew poetry, to repeat words or phrases would be the same as in English where we use bold font or italicize the word that we want people to pay attention to. And the phrase that David is telling himself to pay attention to is ‘wait for the Lord.’
Psalm 27 is a hauntingly beautiful Psalm, where David needs the comfort of the Lord. There’s a tender longing that David expresses all through this Psalm. He’s waiting for the Lord to draw near to him. But at the same time, he isn’t bereft of hope because he knows the Lord’s heart well enough that he has no doubt that God will come to him.
Let’s go up to verse 13, and we’ll read that with verse 14. “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord be strong and let your heart take courage. Yes, wait for the Lord. You notice David doesn’t say ‘Be strong and be courageous,’ he says, ‘Be strong and let your heart take courage.’
The wonderful thing about God is that He can be in our present and in our future at the same time. He can whisper hope and encourage us and fill us with His courage to wait patiently for His rescue even though we cannot yet see it. It’s just around the bend. If we can just hang on, take courage from Him, and wait patiently for His answer.
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