“This Is Worth Waiting For”

“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord” – Psalm 27 v14

If you are looking for good counsel and advice on how to survive a crisis, surely this is it. David had proved over and over again the importance of having a close relationship with the Lord. Several times in the Psalms he talks about waiting on the Lord. In Psalm 25 v5 he says “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation. On you will I wait all the day long”. Psalm 37 v34 “Wait on the Lord and keep his way, and he shall exalt you to inherit the earth…”. In Psalm 40 v1 he testifies to the results of his waiting on the Lord “I waited patiently for the Lord and he inclined to me and heard my cry”.

As I read through Psalm 27 the other day my heart was stirred, challenged and encouraged. I was stirred because I remembered the times as a young Christian that I ‘waited’ on the Lord. On my knees with my Bible open before me I would just seek God. I would spend a long time not asking for anything; just seeking God. Part of that time would be thanksgiving, with words of praise flowing from my heart and through my lips. It was during such a time that the Lord graciously and powerfully filled me with his Holy Spirit. As Lorely suggested in her message last Sunday; when we go to prayer we often come with a list of needs and neglect to simply ‘wait’.

Waiting on the Lord was so important to David that he gives it a double emphasis; “Wait on the Lord” then again “Wait, I say, on the Lord”. What is he saying here? He is saying “Just do it”. Guard against distractions and be determined.

The word ‘wait’ in this context means to wait in faith and expectancy. To stand up to the pressures and stresses of the day we need the spiritual courage and the strength of heart that this verse promises.

Let’s be stirred, as individuals and as a Fellowship. Our personal times of waiting on the Lord; the strength, revelation, courage and joy we will receive from him as we do it, will reflect in our Praise and Worship as we gather together. As we “wait on the Lord” together, we will “renew our strength”, we will “mount up with wings like eagles” we will “run and not be weary”, and we will “walk and not faint” – Isaiah 40 v31.

Let’s be blessed together as we wait on the Lord.

Eddie.

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