Key Verse: Psalm 27:11 -14
David ssks to ‘teach me your way & lead on a level path because of His enemies.’ So that even with his enemies, he might deal justly with. Not His way but God’s way.
There are Two Types of Enemy
The cunning and deceitful.More dangerous than open and violent enemies. Just as we are in more danger from those sins which try to look like virtues, than from sins which we know to be sins. Greed/ Stinginess is thought to be prudence; Pride is self-respect; Cruelty claims to be justice, et cetera.
Those who employ open violence.This is dangerous, because urged on by unrestrained passion. Our passions, yielded to and indulged, are dangerous enemies. We have need to pray, ‘Teach me your way, O Lord and lead me on a level path.’
Waiting is hard! We’ve all heard the saying ‘patience is a virtue’ but it’s not a virtue that comes naturally to some. We dislike waiting. Waiting in line at the supermarket, in traffic and yes, if we are honest with ourselves, we hate to wait for that thing we’ve been praying about. When we pray and God tells us, ‘Wait’, we sigh inwardly. It’s not the answer we were hoping for. We may feel at times that life is in a constant holding pattern, waiting on the Lord. Every part of us cries out to do something! Anything! But even though waiting on God is hard, it won’t last forever.
This scripture reminds us of that truth by likening it to a farmer waiting patiently for his crop to grow. With patience our waiting will bear fruit too. Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:7-8
Why is Waiting on God important? When waiting on God becomes difficult, it’s easy to wonder… Why does God make us wait?
The simple answer is, God has a purpose for everything He does. And asking us to wait is no different. A verse that speaks to our hearts during these times reminds us to wait on the Lord and His faithfulness…
I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. He will send from heaven and save me; He will put to shame him who tramples on me. God will send out his steadfast love and His faithfulness! Psalm 57:2-3
There re important Benefits of Waiting on God:
Learn to Rely on God Waiting on God gives time for us to seek Him instead of relying on natural resources. Because when we are waiting, we find ourselves praying more and spending more time reading our Bibles. Allow God to lead us during this time of waiting and learn to rely on Him. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 2
God’s Timing is Perfect Many times, people ask does waiting on God mean doing nothing? Waiting on God doesn’t mean God isn’t listening or that He doesn’t care. And it doesn’t mean we should just sit back and do nothing. It simply means, we have to wait for His perfect timing.
It might seem like the waiting will never end but when we wait for God’s perfect timing, it forces us to focus on our faith instead of plowing through the day-to-day stuff that gets in the way of our relationship with Him.
If we’ll leave it in His hands, when the time is right, God will move us in the right direction. And He promises us, He will get us through the wait. All we need is a little patience, a whole lot of faith and His timing. My times are in your hands; Psalm 31:15
God has a Plan Waiting on God means we accept His will for our lives and not our own. God has a plan for each one of us. A plan to give us the very best of Himself.
We sometimes we feel like we know exactly what God wants us to do and other times we feel completely lost. But God’s plan isn’t about how I feel, it’s about His perfect will for my life. I just need to get out of the way and let His will for my life take hold. But we can’t do that if we are constantly running ahead of God and trying to make it happen on our own.
So, God asks us to wait, to be patient, be still and know that He is God. This Bible scripture teaches us to wait patiently and know that God is still sovereign.
‘Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’ Psalm 46:10
God promises those who wait on Him a special reward. but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
This verse from Isaiah 40:31 shows us the spiritual strength we receive when we wait on the Lord.
And this is why David is able to be confident in saying wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage, wait for the Lord.
Instead of resigning ourselves to a life of disappointment and failure going our own way, God gives us hope for a brighter future ahead.