What is the meaning of Psalm 27:14?
In Psalm 27:14, we’re told to wait on the Lord. But what does that mean? And how does it affect our lives as Christians? In this devotional, we’ll explore the message of this popular Bible verse and discover how waiting on God will strengthen our faith in Jesus.
Let’s start by reading Psalm 27:14 together…
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say on the Lord.
Waiting on God is Hard
Waiting is hard!
We’ve all heard the saying “patience is a virtue”. Well, it’s not a virtue that comes naturally to me.
I hate to wait. I hate waiting in line at the grocery store, in traffic and yes, if I’m honest with myself, I hate to wait for that thing I’ve been praying about.
When I pray and God tells me, “Wait”, I sigh inwardly. It’s not the answer I was hoping for.
Sometimes I feel like my life is in a constant holding pattern waiting on the Lord. Every part of me is crying out to do something! Anything!
If you’re in a time of waiting maybe you can relate to that feeling. And I hope my story of waiting on God will help you through this difficult time we all face as Christians.
Because even though waiting on God is hard, it won’t last forever.
This scripture reminds us of that truth by likening it to a farmer waiting patiently for his crop to grow. With patience our waiting will bear fruit too.
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.
James 5:7-8 NIV
Why is Waiting on God important?
When waiting on God becomes difficult, it’s easy to wonder… Why does God make you wait?
The simple answer is, God has a purpose for everything He does. And asking us to wait is no different.
God has spent the last few years gently guiding me and teaching me patience. It’s been a long, hard lesson. And there have been some bumps in the road.
He asks me to wait, so I do it. But I admit, there have been many times when I wasn’t too happy about it.
So, in my season of waiting, I try to remember God has a purpose behind it, even if I can’t see it now.
Here’s a verse that speaks to my heart during these times and reminds me to wait on the Lord and His faithfulness…
I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
He will send from heaven and save me;
he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!
Psalm 57:2-3 ESV
4 Important Benefits of Waiting on God
Through the waiting, God has taught me a few things, and I’d like to share them with you. I hope these important benefits of Waiting on God will give you a little bit of encouragement on your journey.
#1 Rely on God
Waiting on God has made me seek Him instead of relying on myself. I’m sure that’s the reason He has asked me to wait on Him in the first place.
Because when I’m waiting, I’m praying more and spending more time reading my Bible.
And because of these two things, my relationship with God has grown and I can feel the closeness with Him I long for.
Allow God to lead you during this time of waiting and learn to rely on Him.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.
#2 God’s Timing is Perfect
Many times, people ask… Does waiting on God mean doing nothing?
And the answer may surprise you.
Waiting on God doesn’t mean God isn’t listening or that He doesn’t care. And it doesn’t mean we should just sit back and do nothing. It simply means, we have to wait for His perfect timing.
I know it might seem like the waiting will never end, but when we wait for God’s perfect timing, it forces us to focus on our faith instead of plowing through the day-to-day stuff that gets in the way of our relationship with Him.
If we’ll leave it in His hands, when the time is right, God will move us in the right direction. And He promises us, He will get us through the wait. All we need is a little patience, a whole lot of faith, and God’s timing.
My times are in your hands;
#3 God has a Plan
Waiting on God means we accept His will for our lives and not our own.
God has a plan for each one of us. A plan to give us the very best of Himself.
Sometimes I feel like I know exactly what God wants me to do and other times I feel completely lost.
But God’s plan isn’t about how I feel, it’s about His perfect will for my life. I just need to get out of the way and let His will for my life take hold.
But I can’t do that if I’m constantly running ahead of God and trying to make it happen on my own.
So, God asks me to wait, to be patient, and to be still and know that He is God.
This Bible scripture teaches us to wait patiently and know that God is still in control.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
#4 God is Pretty Amazing
I’m in awe of how God works everything out to fit within His will. He can do some pretty amazing things sometimes!
I’m so thankful that I serve a God, who is full of grace and mercy, is patient with me, even in my impatience. And I’m so grateful that He loves me, even when I’m downright unlovable.
He understands that waiting is difficult for me and when it becomes too much for me to bear, He shows His lovingkindness to me.
And if you’ll put your trust in God, He will turn your waiting into an opportunity to rejoice and be glad.
Because God is pretty amazing that way!
And it will be said in that day:
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have waited for Him;
We will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.”
Isaiah 25:9 NKJV
Reward for Waiting on God
God promises those who wait on Him a special reward. Let’s read about that reward for waiting on God together…
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
This popular Bible verse from Isaiah 40:31 shows us the spiritual strength we receive when we wait on the Lord.
Instead of resigning ourselves to a life of disappointment and failure going our own way, God gives us hope for a brighter future ahead.
Our renewed faith gives us strength. We will run the race of a life well-lived for Jesus Christ and not grow weary. We will spread our wings and soar like an eagle taking the love of God with us to everyone we meet.
Isn’t that what we hoped for when we first believed?
Of course, it is!
And because we have Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can confidently wait on the Lord and His perfect plan to unfold in our lives, knowing He will restore our faith and strengthen our hearts. Even while we are waiting on Him.
I know I will never be perfect, and my ability to show patience will probably always be a work in progress.
But I choose to wait on God because I know He wants to give me His best. And I know He will bless me for waiting on Him and His will for my life.
I want to have God’s will in my life more than I want anything else. So, if waiting a little longer will get me there, then that’s what I’ll do. Even when it’s not easy.
A Prayer for Waiting on God
How about you? Are you waiting on God for something in your life right now? Are you having trouble being patient?
I promise you this, God is right there listening to your prayers. He has not forgotten that you are waiting on Him and He has a plan for you.
Yes, waiting on God can be hard sometimes, but He has a reason for everything He does. His timing is always perfect. And your wait won’t last forever.
So, my prayer for you today is… your heart will be strengthened and filled with courage. And you mount up with wings like eagles and see God’s lovingkindness in your life today.
May you be blessed while you are waiting on God!