So often life throws us a curve ball, and the typical reaction is to run around like a chicken with its head cut off looking for a quick fix to the problem. Is this really what God wants from his children? So many times in scripture we see the words “wait on the Lord”, and yet we fail to realize when he wants us to wait. Sure, waiting for an answer to prayer is always the right response, but what about when troubles come out of the blue?
Psalm 27 is an awesome passage that covers a multitude of hardships that can come our way. Verse 2 says, “When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell,” and verse 3, “Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” David was being pursued in ways most of us will never have to face.
A cry of desperation is heard in verse 9, “Hide not thy face far from me; put not they servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not , neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.” So often we get afraid that God is going to desert us just like the rest of the world does, but as we see in verse 10, “When my father and mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” Even if or when your parents would forsake you, God will raise you. You never have to be afraid of being alone as long as you know Jesus.
Verse 12 also is a cry of concern of being deserted and left to the enemy, but we know God will never leave you nor forsake you. Even if you are facing death or severe sickness or trauma, God never leaves you, and he is your healer. (Psalm 103:3).
“I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” (Psalm 27:13) Keep your eyes on the Lord and “believe to see the goodness” of the Lord.
Finally, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14) The word wait here is qavah (kaw-vaw') in the original Hebrew language, and it literally means “to bind together” (Strongs concordance). God is calling each and every one of us to bind with him in times of trouble. Running here and there for worldly fixes or answers is not the way God intended for us. He clearly wants us to become one with him and fully rely on him for our help. Even if you brought the trouble on yourself, God wants you to wait on him. “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.”(Psalm 30:5)
So, the next time you find yourself in a tough situation in life, remember God wants you to seek him first and to wait on him, or bind with him. When trouble comes, this is the time to get as close to God as you possibly can. With God, joy really does come in the morning.
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