Welcome back to the last day of this 5 day Bible study on waiting on the Lord.  I hope it’s been meaningful to you.  I hope it has helped open the Bible up to you in a new way…a way that allows the Bible to be a more active and intentional part of your everyday life.  That has been my prayer and continues to be a huge goal for us as we preach and put out these videos.  If you remember all the way back to Sunday we looked at some powerful moments where God promised Abraham the world…one of my favorite moments for Abraham is just picturing God speaking to him as he looks up at the night sky, just exploding with stars…remember they didn’t have all the lights dimming the night sky like we do today.  Do you remember the moment?  It’s the second time God promises his greatness.

Genesis 15:4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars — if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” NIV

What a promise…to make him a great nation, God promising him offspring beyond a number he could count…but over a decade later, no kids…and Abraham is around 86 years old when him and his wife Sarah devise a plan to push God’s plan forward…and it led to some messy moments in their lives and I’m imagining in their own relationship.  Which gave us a lesson to apply to our own lives about waiting on the Lord, and the patience needed because God’s timing is frustratingly slow from our perspective most of the time…I mean, it was 25 years after the original promise until God’s promise began to come true…so all week long we have been building out of that theme with different places in Scripture that we can study and learn from and today we end this 5 day devotional looking at Psalm 27, so please get out your Bible and something to write with and we will get started…

Psalm 27:11 Teach me how to live, O Lord.  Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me.  12 Do not let me fall into their hands.  For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence. 13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. 14 Wait patiently for the Lord.  Be brave and courageous.  Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. NLT

Here’s verses 13 and 14 again this time in the ESV

Psalm 27:13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! ESV

Now I would like to ask you some questions, so let’s slow down and take the time to reflect intentionally on this verse and these questions.

  1. What can you take from this passage in the moments where you are struggling to stay patient with God?
  2. When people are hurting you, accusing you, threatening you where do you turn?  Can you stay confident in the promises God has made you?  Did you see that in verse 12-13? 
  3. Take some time and really slow down here today, read this Psalm again, focus on verse 14.  When you read this what does it mean to you?  What can you take from this and apply right into your life today?

Before you move on from this moment, take some time and pray, talk to your Heavenly Father about what it looks like to turn to God, and to find strength in Him and hopefully you can keep reflecting on this verse as you go about your day.  Grab the image from social media, put it on your phone and keep centering on it, especially if you are trying to stay patient with God’s timing in your own life as David wrote…

Psalm 27:13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! ESV