“Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14 (KJV)
“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24 (KJV)
Sometimes, when we are new in the Lord, we all get uptight about something we want to do. We decide to do that deed, get that item, or begin that project on our time table. This action carries a name—running ahead of God.
When we ‘run ahead of God’, we run the risk of setting ourselves up for failure. The failure could include: not being able to complete the project, encountering insurmountable road blocks, strained nerves, and even sickness.
King David advises his readers to “Wait on the Lord. . .” We know it can be hard to wait-that implies doing nothing. But waiting on the Lord has a deeper meaning.
When we wait on Him, we spend time in prayer and search the scriptures for guidance and direction.
David tells us to “. . . be of good courage. . .” He advises us to not cower or act afraid of the issue or the outcome of our plans. When we exercise our faith, we show courage to others and to God.
A result from showing courage is that God “. . . shall strengthen thine heart. . .” As we wait on God and spend time with Him, we gain insight and wisdom. These qualities allow us to become stronger in the Lord.