In the Land of the Living

  1. In Psalms 26, 27, and 28 there are more pleas to not be delivered over to the enemy. David won battle after battle, but he still, over and over, cried out to the Lord for help. He still knew that he needed God for each new battle.
  2. In Psalm 27, he speaks of how he will not fear, even if a whole army came up against him, that he would have confidence. But it’s not long before we have him crying out for deliverance from his enemies. However, he returns to confidence saying that he believes he will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. But then he encourages himself to hold onto that thought. He repeats to himself to wait on the Lord, to be strong and courageous.
  3. We wait on the Lord because He’s the one who saves. He’s the one who delivers. He’s the one who helps when we’re in trouble. We go to Him in prayer, even if it’s a loud crying out for help, and we wait on Him.
  4. What do we do while we wait? We can “proclaim thanksgiving aloud.”
  5. We recognize the Lord for who He is and trust in Him. When we do, then we rejoice and give thanks and will receive strength because the joy of the Lord is our strength. Praise and thanksgiving are a key to finding the strength to wait on the Lord.
  6. Psalm 28:7-8 The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
  7. Another place to find strength to wait is to sit in the Lord’s presence. David goes to the Lord to ask Him the questions he has and he also just sits in the Lord’s presence and gazes on the beauty of the Lord.
  8. Look to Him for help. Look to Him for strength. Look to Him and see His beauty!