Psalm 27:14 - Waiting With Hope And Trust In The Lord Will Strengthen You.
Psa.27:14: Waiting With Hope And Trust In The Lord Will
Psa 27:14 (KJV) Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he
shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Psa 27:14 (TEV) Trust in the LORD. Have faith, do not despair.
Trust in the LORD.
Psalm 27:14 (GWT) Wait with hope for the LORD. Be strong, and
let your heart be courageous. Yes, wait with hope for the LORD.
Psalm 27:14 (AMP) Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be
brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring.
Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.
To wait on the LORD is to demonstrate confident expectation. The
Hebrew word for wait may also be translated "hope." To hope in God is
to wait for His timing and His action (40:1; Isa. 40:31). [Nelson
Waiting for the Lord suggests trust in God's goodness and
timing. God sees things differently than we do, so answers to prayer may
not always come in the way we want or as quickly as we want. David
waited on God - he depended on him alone for his needs and looked
expectantly to him. David also discovered the value of patience; he trusted
God to send the answer when - and only when - the time was right.
Wait on the LORD: This is the sum of all the instruction in the
psalm; the main lesson which the psalm is designed to convey. The
object is to induce others, from the experience of the psalmist, to
trust in the Lord; to rely upon Him; to come to Him in trouble and
danger; to wait for His interposition when all other resources fail.
Be of good courage: The Hebrew word here means, "be strong."
That is, do not faint. Do not be dismayed. Still hope and trust in
He shall strengthen thine heart: He will strengthen "thee." He
will enable you to perform your duties, and to triumph over your
enemies. See .
Wait, I say, on the LORD: Repeating an idea with which the heart
was full; a lesson resulting from his own rich experience. He dwells
upon it as a lesson which he would fix deeply in the mind, that in
all times of danger and difficulty, instead of despondency, instead
of sinking down in despair, instead of giving up all effort, we
should go forward in the discharge of duty, putting our trust solely in
the Lord. (Barnes' Notes)
Waiting on the Lord (vv. 1, 5) does not mean being idle or
indifferent because sometimes waiting is harder than working. For your
waiting to be meaningful and spiritually productive, do what David did.
Wait silently (1, 5). This means not telling your trials to
everybody who will listen or even telling them repeatedly to the Lord.
When a child rests in the arms of the mother or father, there is no
need to make noise. Much talk is sometimes evidence of little faith.
Wait expectantly (5). God will work as you trust Him and let Him
have His way. Your hope is not in human or material resources (vv.
9-10) but in the power of God (v. 11).
Wait continually (8). It is not easy to wait "at all times;'
especially when you feel that God is not following your schedule. If your
times are in His hands (Ps. 31:15), you will have perfect peace as you
wait for Him to work (Isa. 28:3). [Chapter by Chapter Bible
Commentary by Warren Wiersbe re Psa.62]
It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one of the postures
which a Christian soldier learns not without years of teaching.
Marching and quick-marching are much easier to God's warriors than
standing still. There are hours of perplexity when the most willing
spirit, anxiously desirous to serve the Lord, knows not what part to
take. Then what shall it do? Vex itself by despair? Fly back in
cowardice, turn to the right hand in fear, or rush forward in presumption?
No, but simply wait.
Wait in prayer, however. Call upon God, and spread the case
before him; tell him your difficulty, and plead his promise of aid. In
dilemmas between one duty and another, it is sweet to be humble as a
Wait with simplicity of soul upon the Lord. It is sure to be
well with us when we feel and know our own folly, and are heartily
willing to be guided by the will of God. But
Wait in faith. Express your unstaggering confidence in him; for
unfaithful, untrusting waiting, is but an insult to the Lord. Believe that
if he keep you tarrying even till midnight, yet he will come at the
right time; the vision shall come and shall not tarry.
Wait in quiet patience, not rebelling because you are under the
affliction, but blessing your God for it. Never murmur against the second
cause, as the children of Israel did against Moses; never wish you
could go back to the world again, but accept the case as it is, and
put it as it stands, simply and with your whole heart, without any
self-will, into the hand of your covenant God, saying, "Now, Lord, not my
will, but thine be done. I know not what to do; I am brought to
extremities, but I will wait until thou shalt cleave the floods, or drive
back my foes. I will wait, if thou keep me many a day, for my heart
is fixed upon thee alone, O God, and my spirit waiteth for thee in
the full conviction that thou wilt yet be my joy and my salvation,
my refuge and my strong tower." [Spurgeon, Charles H., Morning and
WAITING FOR THE SPIRIT
These are strange words to try and apply to our lives these
days! No one waits for anything or anyone! We are all in the fast
lane doing our own thing! To wait upon Him takes strength and
courage: strength of character to "will" to wait, and courage to do what
others do not. To do something that has eternal significance, it must
be done through the power of the Holy Spirit, not logic or emotion.
To move out in service of any kind, and do it in the flesh will
profit us nothing. When we come to understand that His ways are not our
ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts, it will become easier to
wait for the Lord. Have you experienced times in your own life when
you should have waited for the Lord and didn't? Did you learn the
lesson well, or will you have to suffer again? Most of us will not
come to an understanding of this vital truth without many failures.
But be encouraged to keep on trying, and Wait For The Lord! [In His
Time; Walk With Wisdom]
WAITING IN PRAYER
Remember that prayer is the source of your strength. A worker
cannot gain success while he hurries through his prayers and rushes
away to look after something that he fears may be neglected or
forgotten. He gives only a few hurried thoughts to God; he does not take
time to think, to pray, to wait upon the Lord for a renewal of
physical and spiritual strength. He soon becomes weary. He does not feel
the uplifting, inspiring influence of God's Spirit. He is not
quickened by fresh life. His jaded frame and tired brain are not soothed
by personal contact with Christ. 7T243
WAITING STAYED UPON HIM
Keep close to God and to your duty. Wait on the Lord by faith,
and prayer, and a humble resignation to his will; wait, I say, on
the Lord; whatever you do, grow not remiss in your attendance upon
God. Keep up your spirits in the midst of the greatest dangers and
difficulties: Be of good courage; let your hearts be fixed, trusting in God,
and your minds stayed upon him, and then let none of these things
move you. Those that wait upon the Lord have reason to be of good
courage. (Matthew Henry's Commentary)
WAITING KNOWING GOD IS SOVEREIGN WITH A PURPOSE - SEEK THAT
Waiting for God is not easy. Often it seems that he isn't
answering our prayers or doesn't understand the urgency of our situation.
That kind of thinking implies that God is not in control or is not
fair. But God is worth waiting for. Lamentations 3:24-26 calls us to
hope in and wait for the Lord because often God uses waiting to
refresh, renew, and teach us. Make good use of your waiting times by
discovering what God may be trying to teach you in them. [Life Application
WAIT ABIDING IN HIM TO KNOW WHEN IT'S TIME TO ACT
As we face difficult issues in our recovery from sin, we will
find that sometimes we need to sit tight and wait on God, and other
times we need to get up and take action, trusting Him for strength.
How did Moses know when to get moving? God told him. But Moses
would have heard nothing if he hadn't been staying in constant contact
with God. [Recovery Devotional Bible mod.]
WAIT AND DON'T BE PERSUMPTIOUS MOVING AHEAD OF THE LORD
Hagar bore Abraham his first son, Ishmael, founding the
Ishamaelite and Arab peoples. This occurred because Sarah ran ahead of God,
trying to fulfill what was promised - an heir. But our God is a
sovereign God. There are practical lessons to be learned from Sarah and
Hagar: it is foolish to act hastily in times of trial and difficulty;
it is prudent to watch for God's care over the lonely; it is clear
that there is Divine purpose in the life of everyone, no matter how
obscure or friendless; and in the midst of hardship and trouble, God
brings strength, comfort, and encouragement. Are you growing weary of
waiting on God? Don't fall to the temptation of Sarah, running ahead of
God and creating trouble. Make a new decision to wait on the Lord
today, He is faithful and will not let you down. [In His Time; Walk
With Wisdom re Gen.16:1,2]
SOME SUMMARY THOUGHTS
"Never, Never, NEVER trust your own judgment in anything. When
common sense says that a course is right, lift your heart to God, for
the path of faith and the path of blessing may be in a direction
completely opposite to that which you call common sense. When voices tell
you that action is urgent, that something must be done immediately,
refer everything to the tribunal of heaven. Then if you are still in
doubt, dare to stand still. If you are called on to act and you have
not time to pray, don't act. If you are called on to move in a
certain direction and cannot wait until you have peace with God about
it, don't move. Be strong enough and brave enough to dare to stand
and wait on God, for none of them that wait on Him shall ever be
ashamed. That is the only way to outmatch the devil." Alan Redpath,
Victorious Christian Living: Studies in the Book of Joshua, pp. 142,3
Are you trusting things that cannot help you while the Lord
waits for you to come to Him for help (30:15,18)? Those who wait on
the Lord for help will experience blessings, such as answered prayer
(30:18-19), God's guidance (30:20-21), cleansing (30:22), fruitfulness
(30:23-26), victory (30:27-33; 31:4-9), and a song (30:29). [Chapter by
Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe re Isa.30]