Author: Joanne Beckman, a member of Word of Life, a community of disciples on mission in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
"I shall see his goodness"
David wrote, "I remain confident of this: I shall 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)
Someone wise once described biblical hope as "applying present faith to future promises." When David wrote the words of Psalm 27, he was living in such hope. Wicked men were pursuing him, many foes were surrounding him, and the temptation was to fear, to quake with fear.
In our day and age, temptation and wickedness pursue us as well. We experience enemy action and battles of the heart, mind, and soul. And often, like David in the earlier verses of Psalm 27, we fight against discouragement and unbelief in such times. In the midst of such temptation, however, David proclaims his hope by applying his measure of faith to the future promises of God's goodness, God's provision, and God's reward.
Is there something you are waiting on the Lord for today? A word of comfort; resolution to a conflict; the opening or closing of a door? Wait for the Lord, be strong, take heart, and, like David, you will see his goodness in the land of the living.
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