Psalm 27 has only one verse that tells us to do something. What is it?
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
David even says it twice, for the hard of hearing: Wait for the Lord.
When you are in trouble, how do you take back control after your flight-or-fight response? What words do you say to yourself so that you can ‘take heart’?
Here are some, taken from Psalm 27, that David knew:
- The Lord saves us. We will be safe with him (v1). What does being ‘with him’ look like in your troubles?
- Though we can’t always see it, the Lord is beautiful (v4). When life is ugly, his beauty can restore and inspire.
- The Lord has been a helper in the past (v9). How can you remind yourself of this when you are in trouble, as David did?
- The Lord is good (v13). He is able to do us good in all circumstances – we can look forward to the good he will do even as we work our way out of those circumstances.
Take heart. May the Lord make you strong and patient.