“Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD”. -Psalm 27:14
I wrote last time what it meant to wait for the LORD. If you did not read the last post go back and read it before reading this one. This is a continuation of the last post. Last time I commented on the first portion of verse 14, “Wait for the LORD”, this post will cover the rest of the verse.
Let us notice two characteristics while we are waiting: be strong and let your heart take courage. We find that the verb strong is in the imperative mood. David, looking at the context (v 13), is commanding himself to be strong in the Lord, to be(come) courageous. In other words, do not lose hope. David looked at his circumstances and realized false witnesses had risen up against him and that his adversaries desire to breath out violence. In the midst of this David tells himself to wait for the LORD, to anticipate future deliverance. After affirming his faith in the LORD, v 13, he commands himself be strong and to let his heart take courage. Don’t miss this part. Pay close attention here. In verse 13, David has a present faith in the LORD that the LORD will deliver him. In verse 14, David is reassuring himself. Faith and doubt, what is going on?
Here it is, David’s believing half is assuring his despondent, “unbelieving” half. This is based on the construction of the Hebrew language. So let’s apply this to us. Have we ever been in circumstances where we believe God will deliver us and yet there was another part of us that doubted God’s deliverance? I confess that I’ve been there, I don’t know about you. For David, he was telling his unbelieving half to trust in God. I think we need to do likewise. Have full assurance of future deliverance no matter how it looks now. Let your whole being, the Hebrew word heart, trust in the LORD’s future deliverance. Do not doubt one bit for God has been faithful in the past.
Upon discovering this, it reminded me of the words of that man in the gospel, “I have faith, but help my unbelief”. In times of hardships to doubt is natural, but we need to tell that doubting half trust in God. We need to pray that God will give us the faith to overcome the doubts. David end with Yes, wait for the LORD. The means of deliverance starts with the LORD and ends with the LORD.
May God use this post to encourage you if you’re going through a rough time in your life. Remember, deliverance will come so strengthen and hope in the LORD for it.
blessings in Christ,