VERSE OF THE DAY
Psalm 27:14 (New Living Translation)
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Wait in peace and patience for the Lord. Be brave and have courage. Yea wait patiently for the Lord. In honor and respect of he who is to come
What Does Psalm 27:14 Mean? ►
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Patient endurance as we wait for the Lord to work in the difficult circumstances of life, encourages our faith in God to be strengthened. Conversely.. faith is often tested in those long and painful seasons of life when patient endurance is called upon – as we trustingly wait for the Lord to act.. and as we submissively wait on the Lord’s promises to be fulfilled, in prayer and praise and thanksgiving.
We need to confidently wait for the Lord to act on our behalf, knowing that His promises are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Christ Jesus, and we need to faithfully wait on the Lord with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making music to the Lord – in our hearts with thanksgiving and praise.
When we are abiding in Christ our inner heart is empowered, and our courage is enlarged. When we are resting in His love our soul is strengthened by the Spirit of the Lord, for His strength is made perfect in our restful weakness.
When we take God at His Word and trust Him unquestioningly.. despite our inner fleshly nature and outer distressing circumstances, which scream at us to do something.. we will be enabled, from within, to wait on the LORD and be of good courage, for we have been promised that He shall strengthen our heart – WAIT, I say, on the LORD.
Heavenly Father, too often my old sin nature calls on me to take hold of the reins of my life instead of abiding in You and resting in Your promises. Help me to learn to wait on You and to be of good courage, knowing that You are in perfect control of my life – and that all I am called upon to do is to quietly wait FOR You to act on my behalf and to confidently wait ON You with prayer and worships and a heart of thanksgiving and praise, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.
What does Psalm 27:14 mean?
David concludes this psalm with an admonition to wait on the Lord. He gives the admonition at the beginning of the verse and repeats it at the end of the verse. Perhaps, David was addressing himself. The structure of this psalm begins with statements of confidence, followed by pleas for rescue, as if David was reminding himself of God’s protection. It’s also possible that in this part of the psalm, David is addressing his soldiers, or the assembly of Israel.
Regardless of the exact aim of this phrase, the admonition is good for everyone who wants to do the Lord’s will. God’s timetable may differ from ours. We tend to want an immediate answer to our prayers, but the Lord is never in a rush. He may not answer us immediately, but He has promised to answer, “in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Waiting on the Lord draws us close to Him and teaches us to be patient.
David also provides another admonition in this closing verse of Psalm 27. He counsels in favor of strength and bravery, grounded in one’s trust of God. Moses imparted this admonition to Joshua when he commissioned him to lead the people of Israel (Deuteronomy 31:7–8). Also, the Lord gave Joshua this advice (Deuteronomy 31:23; Joshua 1:6–7, 9), and Joshua gave it to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh (Joshua 1:12–18).
The Christian life is not easy. There are many adversaries, trials, and temptations. We need to be strong and courageous in the power of the Lord (John 16:33).
Psalm 27:7–14 reveals that David, while he commits his faith to God, is not immune from fear. In the prior section of this psalm, David stated his reasons to be confident in the Lord. Here, however, David seems to be pleading for those exact protections. Like anyone else, David experienced anxiety. Rather than succumbing to fear, however, David chose to trust God, remind himself of God’s protection, and come to the Lord in prayer. This is concluded with another expression of trust in God.
David lays out the reasons he should be confident in God’s protection. David then transitions, almost abruptly, into heartfelt pleas for God to rescue him from his enemies. The impression is that David is experiencing natural human anxiety and responding by reminding himself of God’s goodness. The psalm ends with the same assurance expressed when it began