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Waiting for the LORD

July 22, 2017

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Waiting for the LORD

King David led a lifetime full  of all sorts  of battles  besides having faced Goliath.     He not only fought enemy neighboring countries,  but he dealt  with King Saul trying  to kill him  and his own son Absalom trying  to take over  the kingdom.     There was one conflict  after another,  without end.     Sound familiar?

Facing such odds might be  a bit discouraging,  but David remained strong,  always praising  and giving thanks.     David shows his faith  in the LORD  through the many Psalms he wrote  as he worshipfully extolled  God’s faithful help.      Psalm 37:7-9  summarizes only one aspect  of David’s trust:

Rest  in the LORD  and wait patiently  for Him;  fret not yourself  because of him  who prospers  in his way,  because of the man  who carries out wicked schemes.     Cease from anger,  and forsake wrath;  fret not yourself,  it leads only to evildoing,  for evildoers  will be cut off,  but those  who wait for the LORD,  they will inherit the land.

How could David rest  and fret not?     How can we stop anger  over wickedness?     By realizing  the LORD takes care  of all those  who take delight  in His love  and salvation.     (Psalm 37:4)

The wicked never give themselves a chance  to learn  to trust God  because they are so busy  pridefully doing things  their way,  doing evil  and reaping consequences.     Then they despise  and blame God  for their troubles,  creating a never-ending circle  of sinning  and blaming God.     They refuse  to accept responsibility  for their actions,  growing in bitterness  and intentions  of “getting even”.     There is no godly repentance  in their hearts.

If we find ourselves learning  to lean more and more  on the LORD’s ways  and waiting patiently  for God  to lead our way,  it is not because  we’re getting older,  but that we are growing  in the grace of God.     There are many old people  who die,  never having acknowledged  God’s grace  and care  for us.

We rest  in the LORD  and wait patiently for Him,  simply because  we know the LORD’s faithfulness.     From reading the Bible,  we’ve learned  about the multitudinous times  God has saved His children  at just the right moment.     Thinking  about our personal past,  we acknowledge  how God has saved us  time and again  from terrifying situations  —  and even less-than-terrifying situations.     Praise God  for His saving love  in everyday situations,  as David did.

God deserves our honor,  praise  and worship  every time  He has saved us  in our daily confrontations.     That is how we delight  in our LORD  as David sings  in Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself  in the LORD,  and He will give you  the desires  of your heart.”

When God’s children face challenges,  they commit their whole being  to the LORD,  trusting  that their Heavenly Father  will care for those  who love Him.     God’s children know  for sure  that whatever the LORD chooses  to do  for that situation  is right  and good  in the end.     It’s the eternal truth  of Romans 8:28,

And we know  that God causes all things  to work together  for good  to those  who love God,  to those who are called  according to His purpose.

This agrees with David  in Psalm 37:17-18,

But the LORD sustains  the righteous.      The LORD knows the days  of the blameless;  and their inheritance  will be forever.

Note in all this  that the righteous  do suffer many trials,  but in the end  our inheritance  will be  with our LORD  in heaven.

Resting in the LORD” is not  lazily sitting back  and doing nothing.     It is actively living  in love  the way God wants us  to live,  obeying all our Lord’s precepts  because they are so beautiful  and right  in every aspect.     When we are honestly living  as God’s children,  we can comfortably be assured  that God will work  all things  for our good.

It simply does not matter  what is happening now.     Knowing God’s righteousness,  we can say  with Job,  in Job 13:15,

Though He slay me;  I will hope in Him.

Are you finding yourself more willing  to wait for the Lord  and not fretting?     Continue delighting yourself  in the LORD  because it is good  and right  and will bring God’s blessings  in His time.

Isaiah 30:15,   “In repentance  and rest  you shall be saved.     In quietness  and trust  is your strength.”

When we have the peace  of resting  in our LORD,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD truly does work good  for us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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