"Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart; and wait for the Lord." - Psalm 27:14
Today, I decided to revisit some of the talks from our Christian Union meetings, and I felt that maybe it would be a good idea for me to listen to the talk on Psalm 27, especially considering I’d never heard the whole thing. As I listened, something suddenly clicked for me. I have spent nearly 3 months fixated on this one verse, and not once have I thought to apply it to the context of the rest of that Psalm. Not once, have I placed within its bigger picture. Rereading it, and listening to the talk, I remembered something pretty significant- God is always on our side, and His character is good and never-changing. I realised how selfish I have been, constantly asking God when things were going to go my way for once, and I wasn’t spending nearly enough time trying to uncover His word and draw near to him. As Sanjay said in a recent blog, we have got to stay hungry when it comes to faith, and in this instance, although I was hungry, I just never seemed to be feeding myself.
I said before that my concern about waiting is that is feels like it lacks action, but this chapter is full of God’s actions for our favour. But it’s not a one way street. Although this Psalm is a lot in part about God protecting us from our enemies and holding our heart when it is under siege, there is another key theme that David draws on. This is his desire to seek the Lord and dwell in His house forever. David is constantly referred to throughout scriptures as a man after God’s own heart, and we should be aspiring to that too. We should constantly and consistently be seeking God and turning to the Bible and turning back to praise in order to glorify His name.
These last few months, I have been asking God what he wants me to do in this waiting period, and I’ve been getting annoyed when all he’s said to do is wait. However, that says it all. I have to stop and wait and be expectant that God is going to do something radical, even if that radical thing is gradual or subtle or going to happen months or years from now.
Verse 14 has been my fixation, but even the verse before says so much that I needed to hear. “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Our God is eternally good, and we can always be confident that we will see his goodness. Sometimes we have to wait, but those waiting periods are not times of standing still: they are times of lying in wait, confident that God is about to move in a big way. They are times of seeking God and dwelling on the scriptures, spending time in worship, and just trying to draw near to him in any way that you can. And that’s good, because that should be the desire of our hearts.
I am going to try my best to make the most of this waiting period God has placed me in, because he’s done it for a reason, and His plan is good and better than we could ever imagine.