Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD (Psalm 27:14).
David wrote those words at the close of a review of his needs and a list of requests.
In the face of intense stress and roiling emotions, the shepherd-turned-king announced to himself as much as his readers that trusting the LORD was the commitment to pursue.
I sure wish I had the ability to slow down and look up. How about you?
When a task or problem appears, especially one that’s going to take effort and is unavoidable, pressure to address it arises. Dodging the struggle isn’t an option, it would be just as well to step up and get it over with.
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry (Psalm 40:1).
Perhaps David needed practice and growth in waiting since he took the time to record the results of his efforts. God did more than listen. He rescued David.
A later psalm gives a hint about he likely developed the skill.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope (Psalm 130:5).
Immersing ourselves in God’s inerrant word penetrates our hearts and minds. The Truth of His existence and character releases the chains of faulty and negative thinking. Freedom emerges then soars.
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).
Waiting on God expresses faith and trust. Such hearts, set on Him and His will, unleash immeasurable grace and favor. The decision to leave behind our earth-bound perspective and wait on His heavenly hand is ultimately practical because
God is present and active.
His Word is true and unshakable.
Blessings are the reward for waiting.
Where are you in the choosing process?
How do these truths move you along?
With delight in The Lamb,