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Published on Aug 6, 2012
One of my favorite places I've ever been to in this world is Switzerland. Before I went there, I've always heard of how beautiful that country is, the scenery, the lakes, the mountains. But I never quite believed it until I got there myself. It is an astounding land that God has blessed; wonderful scenery, fresh air, cool breeze. And when I got there it was just a beautiful experience, and now when I speak with people about Switzerland, I share with conviction. I have tasted it, I've experienced it and I've known it you see.
Now in Psalm 27:14, we read that the Psalmist says, Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
Now you got to read the whole Psalm to appreciate this because from verses 1 to 13 all the way, the Psalmist has been speaking about himself. But in verse 14, he turns around and he in a sense is speaking to the reader, to you and I. And he's telling you, after what he has experienced himself that we are to wait on the Lord. That is to say, to look to the Lord, to keep trusting in Him, to be of good courage, to be strong.
Why? Because God will strengthen your heart. And he says wait, keep waiting because it's so easy to forget, it's so easy to take our eyes off the Lord.
So as the Psalmist himself in verses 1 to 13 described his personal journey, in verse 14 after having tasted the goodness and the blessings and the deliverance of the Lord, he turns around and says to you, "Keep waiting, be of good courage, because He will strengthen your heart like He did for me."
I learned something here; we cannot lead others where we have not been ourselves. David's advice to us is not an intellectual one but an experiential one. He has tasted the deliverance of the Lord, and he's here sharing it with all of us. Do you know why sometimes God allows you to go through difficulties? It's to grow you, to give you a certain experience, so that you may be a blessing to others, and to keep encouraging and helping others to look to God.
My friends, if you have been to the Switzerland of spiritual trials, then come back and share it with conviction that others may also be blessed. May God bless you with a simple understanding of Psalm 27:14. God bless.