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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Psalm 27:1-14 The Strength to Wait

The NRSV’s subtitle for Psalm 27 reads: “Triumphant Song of Confidence.” While David did not include this title in the original Hebrew text, I think he would like it. It explains exactly why this psalm was written. It is a song for us to sing at the top of our lungs and in so doing gain triumphant confidence in God. Not even David came by this naturally. We gain confidence when we ground our identity and our very selves in who God is. Our confidence must not be found in our own ability, success, possessions, status, security or well-being. It must never be founded upon another. No, our confidence is found in God and in who He says we are. We are defined by the one who made us and saves us. This is real confidence, and it makes our hearts strong, strong enough to wait for Yahweh. (Psalm 27:14)

Andrew Murray tells us that the “wonder-doing God, who can surpass all our expectations, must be the God of our confidence. Yes, let God’s people enlarge their hearts to wait on a God able to do exceeding abundantly above what we can ask or think.” The God of your confidence must be the wonder-doing Yahweh! This sounds great, but how do we actually make it happen?

We put it into practice. We hungrily devour the scriptures to learn more about who God is. Confidence comes from something we know to be true. We wait with confidence when we know the One who is Truth. “Waiting always partakes of the character of our thoughts of the one on whom we wait. Our waiting on God will depend greatly on our faith of what He is.” Start proclaiming “God is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?” and you will start to believe it and to honestly answer, “there is nothing to fear.” (Psalm 27:1)

We make God our confidence by purposefully trusting what God says, even when everything around us tells us differently. We choose to believe, above all else, that we will certainly experience the goodness of God in our life as wait on Him. God promised this, so we expect it. (Psalm 27:13) Let me assure you from personal experience, if you wait on God clinging to the promises of scripture, you will be astonished to see how good God really is. A pastor friend says thankfulness seems to accompany those waiting on God through suffering and difficulty, though it’s the opposite of what we might expect. Wait and see. You will not be disappointed if you hope in God alone.

Waiting is not inaction, but interaction with Yahweh. (Psalm 27:7) Waiting is learning God’s ways and following Christ’s lead. (Psalm 27:11) So, let us wait for Yahweh, seeking to know Him deeply. (Psalm 27:4) Let’s be confident in God’s goodness, for it will strengthen our heart to wait for Yahweh!

Dearest Lord Jesus, grant us confidence in your goodness. Teach us to wait on you and show up in all your splendor and power. We trust you. We love you. Teach us your way. Be our shelter in trouble, and let us behold your beauty! In your name, Amen.