Scripture: Psalm 27
Key verses: (13-14) I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Reflection: How are you at waiting? I’m lousy at it. I’m always trying to figure out the best line at the grocery store, and I often choose poorly. The same is true in traffic. Why is it that the other lane always seems to be moving faster than the one I’m in? As the old prayer puts it, “Lord, give me patience, and do it now.” That’s not a good thing, because life is filled with waiting. Some of it is mundane, like traffic, but sometimes there’s much more at stake.
Psalm 27 offers us some wisdom for the waiting. The Psalm begins and ends with amazing proclamations of faith. “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?” And then our key verse for the day. “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” In between is a tremendous struggle—a war being waged against enemies, adversaries encamped all around, war rising up. The psalmist frames all that trouble in faith —beginning and ending with an affirmation of belief, an assurance of what is coming — the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. That is what enables the psalmist to get through it all.
As you find yourself waiting today — in the mundane moments like traffic or the grocery story, or perhaps in the more pressing kinds of waiting; for test results, for news of a loved one, for lines of communication to open again with someone from whom you’ve been estranged, for chemo treatments, for the darkness of grief to let in just a hint of light — may you frame your waiting with faith. Indeed the Lord is your light and your salvation. You will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. May that faith sustain you in the waiting.
Prayer: Lord, I believe. In the midst of the waiting, help my unbelief. Amen.
Author: Joe Clifford
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].