Sunday, 28 June 2020 Psalm 27
“Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart…” -Psalm 27:14
This is a Psalm of David where he proclaims unwavering confidence in God. The first half of the Psalm is his faith declaration and the second half is his prayer. Most people at some point in their life face the dark shadow of fear—this can take various shapes and forms—of the future, health, rejections, relationships, finances, job situations, etc…To dispel this cloud of fear from us let’s remember with the Psalmist that “the LORD is my light and the salvation- whom shall I fear?” (Psa 27:1). This faith will act as an antidote for fear. We receive strength from our God. It is His plan to make us strong and so we cannot be weakened by the adversary as long as we lean on to Him.
We read of a similar statement from Apostle Paul also in Romans 8:31,“If God is for us then who can be against us? ” God loves us - He sent His Son Christ Jesus to die for us so we could receive salvation; He gave us the Holy Spirit and His Word to be our guide; He has disarmed the powers and principalities by triumphing over them and has given us the authority to trample over serpents and scorpions (evil spirits) and overcome all the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19). Understand that everything needed for a victorious Christian life is imparted to us. Then why should we fear?
Jesus tells us in John 14:1: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” Trusting the Lord is what the believer is to do at troubling times—trusting in His Word and His Promises in them. We are to cry out to the Lord in prayer as the Psalmist says in Ps.61:2: “From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” In Him we find strength and wait for His victory!
For victory we need to wait on the Lord and David knew it very well. He was anointed as the king as a young lad but couldn’t be crowned until he was 30 years. Though he defeated Goliath, he was chased by the jealous king Saul. He had to wait for the fulfillment of God’s plan to reign on the throne. Then even after assuming the throne, David was chased by his rebellious son Absalom.
Often we think that God is not in control and our prayers are not answered. But God is worth waiting for - He uses the waiting period to train, to refresh and to renew us. Wait at His door with prayer; wait at His feet with humility; wait at His table with service; wait at His window with expectancy (Spurgeon).
My dear reader if you feel that you are going through some difficulty, in this waiting period use this time to discover what God wants you to learn from Him. The Psalmist says Psalm 119:71 [NLT]: “My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees.” The Word of God helps us to grow in the Lord and mature in Him. God remains faithful to us— He is faithful even when we were weren’t. He will never leave us nor forsake us. So “be strong and very courageous” (Joshua 1:7) and wait for His deliverance.
Prayer: LORD Almighty, help me to hold on to You all through the turbulence of life and stop not till your perfect plan is established in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.