“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14).

The Psalmist said, “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” If it had not been for his faith in God, he would have given up by his own admission. But in the confident assurance in God that faith gives, he urges himself and us to remember one thing above all: Wait on God. The deliverance we often wait for is from our enemies, in whose presence we feel powerless. The blessings we plead for are spiritual and unseen, things impossible with men. Our heart may well faint and fail. Our souls may hold intimate fellowship with God, but the God we wait on often appears to be hidden.

We are in such a habit of evaluating God and His work in us by what we feel that it is very likely that on some occasions we will be discouraged because we do not feel any special blessing. Above everything, when you wait on God, you must do so in the spirit of hope. God in His glory, His power, and His love longs to bless you. The blessedness of waiting on God has its root in the fact that He is full of goodness, power, life, and joy. God is love! That is the one and only all-sufficient reason for our expectation. Love seeks out its own: God’s delight is to impart Himself to His children. However weak you feel, wait in His presence. As the sun does its work on the weak who seek its rays, God will do His work in you. Trust Him!

Adapted from Power in Prayer by A. Murray