I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:13-14
“But I don’t want to wait.” Over the last couple of months, perhaps, you too, have heard this refrain numerous times, in response to a variety of things. It’s not a new phrase, by any means, but everything that has happened (or not happened) recently has given these words a new depth of meaning.
Although you may not have said quite like this, many of you have likely grown tired of waiting since COVID-19 started to impact our lives personally and directly as well. Whether we are old or young or somewhere in between, when it comes down to it, waiting is rarely easy. It is all the more difficult when we don’t know exactly when the things we are waiting for will happen.
In thinking about this, I was reminded of the closing words of Psalm 27: “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” This psalm is a song of confidence, expressing faith and trust in God in the midst of the challenges and threats God’s people faced.
There is comfort and hope to be found within these words, and all the more so when we think of when these words would have been sung. After all, God’s people were no strangers to waiting. They knew what it was like to wait without knowing precisely when their waiting would come to an end.
In fact, waiting with expectant hope and trust has been a hallmark trait of God’s people for thousands of years. With that in mind, even though we do not yet know exactly when we will be able to do a variety of things that we used to do, as we wait, we can be certain that God is with us. We can be confident that God will not leave us nor forsake us. And we can trust that God is at work in the meantime: there are a few things we can depend on: creating faith, forgiving sins, bringing life and salvation.
Like all those who have sung or read or prayed Psalm 27 over the years, we pray you too find strength knowing that God is our help and shield. May your heart be glad as you trust in the promise of God’s steadfast love and provision.