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!

 

Reflect

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.

 

Pray

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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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.
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!
Natasha - I am sorry to hear of the passing of your grandson! We are in prayer for your family as you go through this time of grieving! I pray for God to give you the strength you need for each day.
Lord take away the fear and the worry. Amen Thank you Lord for your word
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.
Wait on the Lord and again I say wait on the Lord !
Thank you Pastor Nat, for this encouragement, we need this insight today.
Good Word Pastor!
Amen
Amen! I feel discouraged by my poor health at times but still I praise the Lord for he is good and faithful. Hallelujah!
ABBA FATHER YOU ARE MY ONLY HOPE.
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS PLEASE YOU ARE NY ONLY HOOE IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING ;ALSO I PRAY FOR YOU TO TAKE CARE OF ME & ALL MY FAMILY;I AM BLESSED;*THANKYOUJESUS*
Great Word Pastor Nat...still working on it.... Would like to share - the Lord showed me that to wait on Him is not tapping your feet being impatient till He answers, but as a servant waits on others at a restaurant - to serve Him and others and trust - to be a blessing and you will be blessed! Also one of the companion verses He provided was "Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall rise up on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint. Isaiah 40:31. Hope it blesses. Jim www.liftmyspirit.net .
I will wait upon the lord.
FATHER, I WILL ALWAYS BE STILL AND WAIT FOR YOU, FOR YOU WILL ALWAYS GUIDE ME ON THAT PATH WHICH IS RIGHT FOR MY LIFE. MAY I NEVER BE DISCOURAGE IN WAITING FOR YOU. IN JESUS AMEN
not seeing and waiting is so hard but the only answer!
Amen! Awesome! 🙏🏽
Outstanding devotional for today.
Great devotional. Thanks.
Amen! Lord, just like David, I am putting my hope and trust in You even when I am afraid. Help me to be strong and courageous as I wait for You. I will glorify and praise Your great name!
I wouldn't be able to face life without God. The cares of this world would overtake me, and I would simply quit everything.
God of all things, creator, my rock, and redeemer. I put my trust and faith in You and Only You. You are the One who is able to see me through. I do admit, I am not good at waiting and patience. I come to You to help me get through those feelings and not be discouraged. We are told to wait upon the Lord, and I must wait. In the precious name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
I am so very sorry for your loss. I know it's hard to understand Gods will sometimes but like the devotion says even when we feel pain and like God Is not with us one day the answers will be revealed. . Even if it's not in your lifetime. Just keep having faith in Him and go to Him for comfort. He will be taking care of you in your grief even if it doesn't feel like He is there. Sometimes I think He prolongs situations til our faith is stronger or where He thinks it needs to be. Praying for you and may God bless you and give you the strength you need.
We recently lost our 18 year old grandson and its very hard for our entire family. We pray for peace and acceptance but still it's very difficult to understand God's will at this time. Please pray for us and to keep our faith and trust in God. Thank you.
Amen amen amen
In Jesus name amen!
Amen ! Thank You Jesus ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Just...exactly what I needed this day. :)
Wonderful, encouraging
The Lord’s timing seems to be longer than my timing. Waiting on the Lord is a precious gift that must be given if we will ever learn to trust him. A large part of obeying God comes with patience. The gifts of the Holy Spirit consists of patience and we need that so much. Jesus let us wait on your plan for us and for our love ones. Your timing is perfect!
I need your peace Lord, We need a Job for my husband so we can pay our debts. Please God open doors for my husband and gives us wisdom,faith and hope. We need you more than ever.
Thank you Lord for being with me as I go through this trial. Help me stay focused upon you . In the precious n name of Jesus I pray. Amen
Amen
Father thank you for your word. Waiting is one of the hardest things to do as an individual. But you remind us that in everything we do give thanks and supplication. Because of you Father, we are able, but we must wait on your timing, not ours. Father gives us a humble spirit and a willing soul to submit ourselves to you and wait, patiently waiting until you say go. Amen.
Amen!
This is the Word I needed! Thank you!
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.