Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Waiting on the Lord


Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 27:14




In my own circle of family, friends and community, there are more people struggling than those who are not.   The verse I’m featuring today gives us a way to meet these struggles on a day to day basis. 

It is the last verse in Psalm, chapter 27.  This chapter is referred to as an Exuberant Declaration of Faith.  I’d encourage you to read the entire chapter, it’s not long. 


You will find the word WAIT, twice in this verse.  The original Hebrew word for wait is gavah, pronounced Ka-va, and means to expect, to look patiently, to tarry, to wait for, wait on, or wait upon. 

The Biblical meaning of the word WAIT, seems to be more of an attitude than an action.  Waiting is an attitude of patience, which is waiting on the Lord and trusting in him to do what is best for you.     



We don’t know how our lives will unfold, but we can decide to trust our future to an all knowing God.  For those of us who WAIT on the Lord, our hearts will be strengthened. 

Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.  ~ Elisabeth Elliot ~

Our Great Savior
J. Wilbur Chapman, 1920

As I so often like to do, I found a hymn that seems to go along with today’s verse.  What a Savior, written by J. Wilbur Chapman in 1910.  Here are some of the comforting lyrics. 
Jesus! what a Strength in weakness!
Let me hide myself in Him.
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing,
He, my Strength, my victory wins.
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah! what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
He is with me to the end.


Jesus! what a Help in sorrow!
While the billows over me roll,
Even when my heart is breaking,
He, my Comfort, helps my soul.


Jesus! what a Guide and Keeper!
While the tempest still is high,
Storms about me, night overtakes me,
He, my Pilot, hears my cry.


I hope you've been encouraged by today's Scripture Thursday.   Today's scripture graphic is free for personal use.  I combined one of my vintage images and WORDart by my friend Karen from Papercraft Memories.  She offers many free scriptures on her blog.  I recently won a set of digital scripture stamps from her etsy store.  This particular WORDart that she made comes from the set Strength and Courage, which you can find **here** or by clicking on the graphic below. 


 
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This post is linked to: Monday's Musings, Word Art Wednesday, Hearts 4 HomeEncourage One AnotherHope in Every Season, Free Pretty Things for You,


15 comments:

Mrs.T said...

Abby, this is a beautiful post and just what I needed to read today. It is so true. Psalm 27 is one of my very favorite psalms. Thanks so much for the encouragement today. I definitely needed to be reminded that I am not the only one going through struggles, and that God has a good purpose in them.

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KC Inspired said...

Thank you-thank you! Reminding me of the great God we serve! The words of the hymn has me crying for joy!
Amen!

MaxineD said...

Thanks again Abby - love your use of definitions to amplify the message you give.
Blessings
Maxine

Shoregirl said...

How did you know that I needed this exact message today?! Both the Scripture and the song were so timely! Thanks for posting -- blessings to you sweet friend!

Karen Murray said...

Thank you, Abby. This is such a beautiful post. I love the lyrics to the song...they really blessed me today. Your blog is always such an encouragement to me.
Karen

Stephanie said...

Thank you, Abby. I read this verse just the other day. It is so familar to me, yet it never grows old. Each time I read it the Lord uses it to teach me. Your words, the verse, and the hymn richly blessed my heart.

Love and hugs!

Vee said...

I learned a new thing today...thank you for the teaching. Waiting has never been my strong suit. It must not be for most people since Scripture offers so much guidance on it. Lovely graphics!

Simply Shelley said...

Thank you for such a sweet image,and some very wise words...waiting is not always easy,but it is certainly best....blessings dear friend.

SarahGeorge said...

Our God is an awesome God! Just today I confessed the same verse during my prayer time and here again I read it. Thank you Abby, for the wonderful reminder. Your words always encourage me.

Elaine said...

Thank you for this beautiful and encouraging post. I needed it today. I have had a difficult day but feel lifted up by the wonderful scripture. Too much looking at life situations and not enough looking to Jesus. Thank you.

Elaine said...

Thank you for this beautiful and encouraging post. I needed it today. I have had a difficult day but feel lifted up by the wonderful scripture. Too much looking at life situations and not enough looking to Jesus. Thank you.

Stephanie said...

This verse goes perfectly with the image you chose. It's so beautiful. I really enjoy that hymn as well. Thanks so much for sharing your artistic talents with us at Word Art Wednesday. More importantly, thanks for your consistent witness for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May the Lord bless you today.

Karen Letchworth said...

This is just lovely, Abby. One of the (many) things I love about Jesus is that He is able to use our weakness(es) for His glory to work for the good. We serve such an amazing Lord. Thanks for constantly reminding me and reassuring me of this wonderful truth. It's such a blessing to share my love of art and crafting with someone who loves Him and appreciates Him the way I do. God is SO GOOD to give us such good friends.
Lovingly,
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Kathryn Ross said...

Hi Abby! So glad you had a chance to watch some of the show online! It has been a difficult but very rewarding experience and I am humbled at the impact it has had on so many lives. God is amazing!! We are actually considering encore performances in July because of the reaction and how there were many more who have expressed interest in coming but were not able to. Leadership is praying about that now. Meanwhile, I'm taking some time off! And will be blogging more!
Joy!
Kathy