I loved this verse I read from Psalms 27:13-14 today: “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Ahh, 6 simple words – “In the land of the living.” My prayers echo this, believing we will see answers to our prayers on this earth during our life. And so we wait. We pray. We remain strong by His might. We find courage in Him. On days of despair, when my heart is in shambles and the statistics shout against my hope, I will wait. I will believe. I WILL see His continued goodness. Breathe in and breathe out. Whatever you’re waiting for today, find Him first then lean into His gentle yet mighty strength.
I believe”– the definition of “believe” is to accept something as truth and be sure of something. So when we say “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living”, we are saying “I trust, without a doubt, without question and with completely certainty, that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” The Message translation reads like this: “I’, sure now I’ll see God’s goodness in the exuberant earth. Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God.”
It can be so hard to stay with God when you feel weary. But here’s where I have been challenged in the past – when I am feeling my weariest, I realize that I have not been staying with God. I have been trying to manage it all on my own and inviting God to walk along side me, I have not met Him first or sought Him first. I tend to make it about me and my “needs”. I’ll consult Him, when I have the time. His Bible, hey, it’s great to read when I am done with my prayer list. Quiet time to listen? Shoot, well, I have to catch up on the Real Desperate Housewife of Orange County finale …. It’s only in the moments when I put Him first that I truly and completely feel the wave of peace wash over me and the weariness lifted. Because it’s in THOSE moments, when God takes over, carries the load and the invites me to walk beside Him.(And more often then not, He ends up carrying me.)
It’s so worth it and yet it can be so hard. I love the control. I love the adrenaline of the challenge, but it’s so draining. This verse today has reminded me to believe without a doubt that God will grant our prayers on this earth and has increased my confidence and trust in waiting on Him.
9 thoughts on “… in the land of the living.”
Yes and amen!!
SO good! Preach on sister. I love this word and I LOVE THIS VERSE! I have been meaning to use it as my Memory Monday one for awhile now! So thankful we will see HIS goodness in the land of the living!
Amen! Would LOVE to read a Memory Monday on this – I love your words!
I am so glad I read this today. I have a lot of difficulty just letting go and offering up my problems and deepest wishes to the Lord and the universe. I will have to work on this! Your post inspired me!
I love this post…because I have done that so many times, invited God to walk along side me as I try to take control of my own life. I’ve had to pray for forgiveness in doing that, because my life is and always was HIS to do what He wants to with it. One of my favorite songs has the verse…”Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord, as we wait upon the Lord.” Waiting is so hard, but when we give up, what do we have to look forward to? Thank you for posting this…XXO
Thanks Mel! It’s SO hard to differentiate sometimes who is the one in control — which is usually when I know it’s me trying to grab at the control handles. I LOVE that verse, thank you for replanting that in my mind today! Waiting patiently. XOXO!
God sure does put the right things in front of us at the right time. Your blog was just that today. I needed to read this. Such wise words. Thank you so much!! Blessings to you!
Kendra, I am so glad you came across this when you needed it! God works like that! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment – I am always blessed to be able to say a prayer for a reader like you! XOXO!