STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE
Ps 27:14: Wait on the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait thou on the LORD!
In the confident assurance in God which faith gives, I am ever to remember one thing above all…to wait upon God. My chief need in waiting upon God, one of the deepest secrets of its blessedness and blessing, is a quiet, confident persuasion that it is not in vain; courage to believe that God will hear and help; I am waiting upon a God who never could disappoint His people. In the utter insufficiency of all human strength, “Be strong and let thine heart take courage.” I am to let NOTHING in Heaven or Earth or Hell…let NOTHING keep me from waiting on my God in full assurance that it cannot be in vain:
Josh 1:9: Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. The one lesson that God would have me learn from His Words of encouragement is this: that when I set myself to wait on God I ought beforehand to resolve that it shall be with the most confident expectation…that nothing was ever so sure…of His meeting and blessing me with untold and unexpected blessings. Remember above all else… God’s blessings oftentimes cannot at first be discerned by what I see or feel; I am to persevere in waiting upon Him in the spirit of abounding hopefulness, for it is God in His Glory…in His Power, in His Love longing to bless me…that I am waiting on. Oh, do learn this lesson: there is nothing in me that warrents or merits God’s blessings; yet, He longs to pour all of His Blessedness and all of His Goodness into me because of who He is…not because of who, or what, I am. God is Love…and His Love is nothing less than His delight to impart Himself and His Blessedness to His children. I am not to wait on myself to see what I feel, or what changes come to me. No…I am to wait on God, to know first who He is, and then, after that, what He will do. The whole duty and blessedness of waiting on God has its root in this…that He is such a Blessed Being, full, to overflowing, of Goodness and Power and Life and Joy, that I, however wretched, cannot for any time come into contact with Him without that Life and Power secretly, silently, beginning to enter into me and blessing me.
Are you tempted, O my soul…because you are not feeling or seeing any special blessing or changes in you in your waiting upon God…to fear that you do not wait aright or that your faith is too feeble, that your desire is not as upright or as earnest as it should be or your surrender perhaps not complete? Come…however feeble you feel, however fearful, however parched and dry and thirsty, with all that is cold and dark in you. “Come…all you who believe in Me, come to Me and drink; ever coming, ever drinking, continually satisfied. The Water I give will become a fountain within you, welling up, flooding your soul with torrents of Living Water…ever flowing, continually overflowing, spilling over, touching even the lives of everyone with whom you come into contact. Come…whoever is thirsty, let him come and take the free gift of the Water of Life. Come… all you who are thirsty, come to the Waters; come, buy and eat, without money and without cost. You will feast on the abundance of My house, and I will give you drink from My River of delights.”
Come, O my soul, and sit and wait in the sunshine of God’s Holy, Omnipotent Love, and trust Him fully…He will most assuredly impart Himself and His Blessedness to you! God is Love! That is the one only and all-sufficient warrant of your expectation. Amidst all the causes of fear or doubt or thirst…how comforting, how blessed, to hear our Father’s words of encouragement and assurance to His children: “Wait on the LORD! Be strong, and let your heart take courage! Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Yea, wait thou on the LORD!”
This is the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto Him and listening for His voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for God to reveal to me His plans, His purposes, His will, a deeper revelation of Who He is, SO I MAY THEN RESPOND with an unquestioning child-like obedience to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, cooperating with the power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. My soul, wait thou only upon God!