Aggressive Waiting – Psalm 27

My over-active brain is anxious and tells me the instructions in Psalm 27:14 (NIV) amount to nothing but laziness and thumb-twiddling. I have a serious problem here, Lord, and you tell me to wait?

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14 NIV).

But waiting is not the same as inactivity. Being strong and staying strong requires work, and so does taking heart.

One of my jobs while I’m waiting is in verse 8: “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face.’ Your face, Lord, I will seek.” How do I seek him? I simply keep turning toward him, reading the Bible, talking to him and listening for him, seeking wise counsel, accepting correction, being willing to follow wherever he leads – even if I must leave everything behind. That’s good, hard, waiting work!

As for the “taking heart” part in my waiting, here’s a verse to strengthen my heart. “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (verse 13).

Verse 10 says that “Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” My head wants to argue with that and answer, “Yes, you are always with me, as you promised, but what about my family troubles?”

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14 NIV). I will be strong, I will take heart, and I will wait for him.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

By Kathy Sheldon Davis

Kathy Sheldon Davis, contributing author of Jesus Talked to Me Today and a finalist for the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade award, lives with her husband, Jerry, in Oregon's fertile Willamette Valley. Kathy enjoys mentoring and editing for other writers, making strangers into friends, and celebrating holidays with her extended family. She has written for Pathways—Moments with God since 2016 and posts devotionals on her blog at kathysheldondavis.com .

3 comments

  1. Kathy, Lovely word and one of the hardest things to do. Question…Do you pick out the ad at the end of your blog? It certainly fits. Love you so much, Wanda

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