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"Wait on the Lord"

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    JoanneF
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    “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” (Ps.27:14)

    Two words in this verse struck me: “wait” and “courage.” Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines them as follows:
    “Wait” – to stay or rest in expectation; also to attend, as a servant; to look watchfully to be ready to serve; to obey.
    “Courage” – (derived from the word “heart”) bravery; intrepidity; that quality of mind which enables men to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits; resolution.

    So, waiting upon God is not a passive thing, but an active service on my part, a “clinging steadfastly” to God, a watchfulness and resistance to any false suggestions that may tempt me. Waiting is so important, that it is repeated in this Psalm verse.

    Charles Spurgeon wrote of this verse: “Wait at his door with prayer; wait at his foot with humility; wait at his table with service; wait at his window with expectancy.” And another Bible commentary stated: “Make an effort to be strong, and the strength will be given thee.” This reminds me of what Mrs. Eddy wrote: “Resist evil — error of every sort — and it will flee from you.” (Science and Health 406:19) This is God’s promise.

    I’m grateful for these inspired Lesson-Sermons, and for this Forum which helps me dig deeper into Bible and get what God has for me.

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