Thankful for a Good God
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14).
David said that he would have fainted, or lost his strength to persevere in times of trouble and difficulty, had he not believed to see and experience the goodness of God. We must believe God is a good God and gives benefits and blessings to His people. Believing in a good God who will protect, deliver, bless, and prosper His family implies we have hope. Without hope we will not maintain strength to endure in turbulent times, but we will lose heart and become discouraged. David, who is said to be a man after God’s own heart, knew that God was good. In this Psalm, David tells us that as we wait, worship, and serve the Lord, we don’t have to live disheartened and weakened because He will bring His strength to us and enable us. We are in His presence, not petitioning Him, but magnifying and lifting Him up above anything and everything. Magnifying enlarges an object and causes other things around it to almost disappear. Worshipping the Lord will make God greater and more powerful in our lives.
How many times have we heard “spiritual” people say that God’s blessings to us will only be realized in heaven? Some will make fun of those who believe that God will bless us here on the earth—not just when we get to heaven. Yes, we certainly lay up treasures in heaven and blessings will abound there, but God also wants to bless our lives here and now. He wants to impart to us abundant life (John 10:10). Just as an earthly father desires to bless and favor his own children, so the heavenly Father desires that for His own family.
As we wait on the Lord through praise, worship, and thanksgiving, He will sometimes speak to us. The Lord can give us direction in our lives even when we aren’t expecting it. He can provide a word that will encourage us, strengthen us, and sometimes correct our course. God desires to talk to us to help us avoid pitfalls in our lives, just as we want to give direction and guidance to our own children. When He is speaking—are we listening?
In this verse, the Psalmist David is giving us the key to victorious living: waiting upon the Lord. Spending time in communion with the Creator of the universe through praise and adoration is a part of waiting upon the Lord. Making this a portion of our daily time with God will glorify Him and sensitize our own hearts to His presence, and it will silence the devil (Psalm 8:2, NIV). Praise and worship is a form of prayer. We all face problems, but God has pledged He will deliver us out of them all if we follow His directions.