posted Mar 15, 2011, 5:00 PM by Dale Barnes
“I am still confident of this; I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” (Ps.27:13-14 NIV)

This translation brings out an important truth. The writer says, “I am still confident...”  Evidently he has had to be patient, and wait for God to help; to show his goodness. He tells us that God is his light, salvation and the strength of his life.  His enemies may seem overwhelming, but he is confident of God’s faithfulness.

He tells of his devotion and desire to know the Lord better.  He wants to keep a heart that seeks God, and wants to look upon the beauty of the Lord.  What a wonderful verse. (v8)  “My heart says of you (God), Seek his face!  Your face, Lord, will I seek.”   Here is a man who is trusting God and wants to know him in a greater way.  Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”  The apostle Paul writes to Christians; ”I want to know Christ...in the fellowship of his suffering.” Hard times are not all bad.  God uses them to draw us nearer to himself.  We get to know him better, and in the process God makes positive changes in our lives.  He makes us more like his son.

The Psalmist challenges us to “wait on the Lord; be strong and take heart (take courage, encourage yourself) and wait on the Lord”  He says I am still confident; we will see the Lord’s goodness in this life.  Keep trusting!  Encourage yourself in his love and faithfulness. We are told “blessed are those who wait on the Lord.”  Through faith and patience we inherit God’s promises.  He works in unusual ways and in his time, but it is always for the good of those who trust in him.