Be Strong…in the LORD - Your Daily Forward Devotional


Be Strong…in the LORD


October 22


Read Psalm 27:13-14

I would have despaired unless I believed that I would 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!



Are you feeling discouraged, desperate, anxious, or afraid? What hope do you have despite your feelings?


When we go through hard times, we all put our hope in something. Some people hope in their money, doctors, insurance policies, family, or friends. But all of those things are temporary and all of those things can let us down.


It is believed that David wrote Psalm 27 when he was being hunted by King Saul. He was in a dangerous situation. Evildoers were seeking his life and yet the very first words he wrote were, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?’ The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?” (Psalm 27:1)


David put His hope in the LORD. He knew that the LORD was the only One in whom salvation is found. He didn’t put His hope in weapons or other men to protect Him. He knew that His defense would come from God.


Without this hope, he would have despaired. But with this hope? He was praising God for His protection in advance! He was courageous in the midst of fear. He was completely confident that He would see God’s goodness, not just in heaven some day, but “in the land of the living”.


But here is perhaps the hardest part, He had to wait for the LORD. He had to trust even when it felt like the LORD was tarrying. He had to be strong and take heart when doubt started to creep in. He had to wait patiently. He had to keep the faith.


Friends, if you are going through a time of waiting on the LORD, let this Psalm of David encourage you. “Be strong and let your heart take courage!” You too will see the goodness of the LORD.



Lord, I am confident that even in hardships, You are with me and I will see Your goodness. You are my light and my salvation. Take away my fear and give me Your peace while I wait. Amen.

~ Pastor Nat Crawford


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2 years ago
The Lord Jesus is my light and salvation whom I shall trust, Thank you Jesus.for that and your great love, I love you too.
2 years ago
Lord I Trust you! Whatever it may be it's your will. Father help me to NEVER FORGET YOU ARE ALWAYS WITH ME. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. IN JESUS PRECIOUS BLOOD AND NAME AMEN!
2 years ago
Lord take away the fear and the worry.
Thank you Lord for your word
2 years ago
Even in the midst of my difficulties, Lord Jesus I ask You to be my Light and my Salvation. Bring me out of these troubles and guide me home.
2 years ago
Wait on the Lord and again I say wait on the Lord !
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