Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
As a side note: This is the last verse of the chapter, so if you’re memorizing it, we’ve got a day to review! If you don’t mind, leave a comment or send me an email if you joined the memorization fun, especially if you shared it with someone.
The word wait fascinates me. I didn’t say that I’m good at doing it; I’m not. I easily get frustrated and impatient, wishing that the heart strengthening, prayer answering, project finishing, and promise fulfilling would happen now. And sometimes it is, and I don’t recognize it as such!
But back to wait. The first two definitions given by Strong’s Concordance for this word are:
- to bind together (perhaps by twisting)- brings to mind images of carpet threads
- to expect
Neither of those are my natural default synonym for wait. They do, however, shed fresh light on a the subject. If I wait on God by being drawn closer to Him, it is active. If I wait on God by expecting Him to work, it is active. There is no twiddling of thumbs in this picture, and there is no staring at the ceiling.
This is living life, not watching it go by, as I wait.