I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me. 14The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.

Psalm 118:13-14 

Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 16:32 

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.

Hebrews 3:12-13 

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58 

..."I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26and whoever lives by believing in me will never die…"

John 11:25-26 

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 55:22 

Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.

Psalm 127:1 

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you.

James 4:7-8 

I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. 15I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.

Psalm 119:14-16 

"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you."

John 15:7 

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. 10Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 9:9-10 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17  

The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? [2When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. 3Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.]

Psalm 27:1 [2-3]  

One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. [5For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.]

Psalm 27:4 [5]  

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

Psalm 27:13-14 

Holding On (Psalm 27:13-14)

| Aug 31, 2019

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

She is losing nearly everything to follow Jesus. I first met Jackie [name changed] a couple of months ago when she began attending worship. Her brothers, devoted Jehovah’s Witnesses, have disowned her as an apostate. Last week her mother expressed disgust over Jackie’s newfound faith and cut her off permanently. And, as if these losses weren’t painful enough, the man Jackie loves is perplexed by her desire to be baptized and become part of the church. He wants nothing to do with it. To use Rosaria Butterfield’s image, Jackie’s conversion has been a train wreck.

So many obstacles. So many opponents. What do you say to a woman in Jackie’s situation? You might say, “Have you ever read Psalm 27? Let’s read it together.”

Naked Faith

Psalm 27 is meant to sustain our faith through impossible situations. From beginning to end, the psalm is filled with “evildoers” and “adversaries” and “foes” and “enemies” and “false witnesses.” It echoes with the sounds of wild beasts, armies, and men breathing out violence. Jackie can relate to these problems, albeit on a smaller scale than King David. Most likely you can relate, too.

The day of trouble is no respecter of persons. Most of us at some point find ourselves in an impossible situation—a time when our back is against the wall, and all the lights go out, and a threatening claw grips our neck. If you’ve been there, you know what it’s like. In that moment your sense of resourcefulness evaporates, and you realize what was true all along: faith is all you’ve got. You have nowhere to turn but the Lord; you must wait for him to act on your behalf; if he doesn’t come through, you’re sunk. Derek Kidner describes this type of waiting as “holding on with naked faith” (Derek Kidner, Psalms 1-72, TOTC, 139).

Reasonable Faith

Some people would tell us that we’re wasting our time waiting for the Lord. But there is nothing unreasonable about trusting God, especially in impossible situations. Our faith may be naked, but it isn’t crazy.

Who is this Lord on whom you wait? He is your light, your salvation, your stronghold, your defender. He is beautiful and gracious. He is the lifter of your head. David celebrates these characteristics of the Lord all throughout the psalm. In light of who the Lord is, it would seem that waiting on him is the most reasonable thing you could ever do.

There is no hint of craziness in David’s confidence: “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” David knew what God was like, and so he knew that God would rescue him. We know it too, in an even fuller sense. Jesus, the Son of David, has risen from the dead. And he will lose nothing of all that God has given him, but will raise it up on the last day (John 6:39). Believer, whether you live or die in your impossible situation, you will look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Jesus has seen to it.

So wait on the Lord. Be strong. Take courage. You will be happy to hear that that is what Jackie is doing. I do not believe her train-wreck conversion will be the end of her. How could it be, if the God of Psalm 27 comes to her rescue? What more do any of us need in our day of trouble? In Jackie’s words, “He’s worth it.”

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