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Waiting on the Lord
"Blessed", "good" and "unashamed".
"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait,
I say, on the Lord" (Psa. 27: 14).
One of the characteristics of fallen human nature is its impatience, its over-haste,
its inability to wait. Perhaps the loss of immortality, and the consciousness of the brevity
of life and the enormous amount of work that lies ahead, may account for this trait.
Moreover, impatience is not a fault that is limited to the ungodly; it is also a common
failing among the redeemed.
Scripture often calls upon the believer to "wait", and there are nineteen different
words thus translated in the Old and New Testaments. We hope to touch upon some of
them in these short articles, and trust that our brief studies may be blessed of God and
used by Him to provide help and encouragement.
"Blessing" is promised in Isa. 30: 18 to him that waits for the Lord, while in
Isa. 40: 31 we read that "they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength". We
also read in Isa. 49: 23: "They shall not be ashamed that wait for Me", and in
Lam. 3: 25: "The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh
We close this brief paragraph with the wonderful words of Lam. 3: 26:
"It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord."
As opportunity occurs, we hope to use some such small space as this paragraph
occupies, in showing the many-sidedness of this blessed grace of "waiting".