“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27.14
Two times in this short verse David tells us to “wait on the LORD.” What does that mean to you? Are you concerned when times arise in your life and God tells you to “wait”? Does it seem to you that God isn’t aware of your REAL need, because if He were, He would surely fix it? Or perhaps you have waited for what seems to you a long time, and you fear that God may have forgotten you?
Let’s take a closer look at what the psalmist is telling us. After he says, “Wait on the Lord … ” he gives us some words of encouragement: “be of good courage … ” Don’t be mistaken and think that courage is simple the absence of fear. Quite the opposite is true. Courage is moving ahead in the face of fear. If God says, “wait” and “be courageous,” He is going somewhere with this in our lives. It is in the waiting that we discover where He is leading us.
Sometimes in our haste to get where WE want to be, we get ahead of God and then we find ourselves off the path that God has chosen or is about to choose for us. In this situation, not waiting is sin. We must NEVER consciously sin against God simply because we are too impatient to wait on Him.
These next words are more words of encouragement and God always knows when we need them. “ … and he shall strengthen thine heart … ” What is David saying here? He is saying to us that WHILE we are waiting, God will strengthen our hearts. What a blessed truth to absorb. God is saying, “I don’t want you to wait in vain or think that I have forgotten you and your need. Here, let me strengthen your heart while you wait.”
We must never consider “waiting on God” to be a waste of time. God always has a purpose and He is in the process of executing His plan in our lives. I assure you that His plan is worth waiting for. Just my thoughts …