Psalm 27 begins with David's personal confession. "The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Then in
verse 14 David instructs: "Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea,
wait for the Lord!"
The prevailing winds of our culture say just the opposite. Our culture says if you are important,
making a difference, successful, you are busy, busy! Watch 5:30 world news. Listen to church
announcements. We have all kinds of time-saving gadgets yet our lives become busier and
busier. At the same time our fears seem to increase, especially during this pandemic! When our
strength is in ourselves or others we are prone to fear, for we know human weakness. Ask how
big is our God? Creator? Savior? Sustainer?
As I reflect on an extremely stressful time in my life I allowed myself to become increasingly
busy. It was about as productive as a squirrel running on a wheel in a cage. In retrospect I
would have been much wiser, and far better off, to have heeded the confession of David in
Psalm 27 "Wait for the Lord".
What does it mean to wait for the Lord? Does it mean we are way ahead and need to let Him
catch up? Just the opposite. It means we examine the very foundation of our life. David
confessed his foundation: "The Lord is my light and my salvation", the very bedrock of our life.
It is the result of a life built upon Him through worship, studying the Bible for direction, a prayer
relationship, and a life of service to Him by serving others. This is the life that crowds out fear
and allows courage to take root building into a strong relationship and dependence on Jesus
Christ as my light and salvation.
Two times in short verse 14 we are commanded to "Wait" for the Lord. He is the basis of
courage, not busyness. So each day, and many times daily, we have to decide. How big is my
God? Big enough to calm all fear? Will I follow our culture- and live with fear? Or will I wait on
the Lord and live in His courage and strength?