’Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yea, wait for the LORD.’ Psalm 27:14 RSV
I read this Psalm not long after my diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa. I would lose my vision. God had already been softening my heart and reminding me His face was the only one I needed to see. Like David, I worked daily to affirm God’s goodness when I did not see His hand of mercy.
“I will not fear. My heart will be confident.” (vs3)
Like David, I said these words to convince myself I could weather the storm ahead. Words of affirmation are important. It doesn’t mean they’re easy.
My three-year-old grandson, Avery, is learning to ride a two-wheeler. It has training wheels, but he’s mastering turning, stopping, steering, and the effort needed to get up an incline. With my hand touching his back just enough for him to know I’m supporting him, we speak words of affirmation as he conquers the hill.
“I am strong, and I can do this. I see Grammie’s driveway. It’s not much farther. I can make it. I’m not a quitter. I keep trying.” Some days they are just words, but other days he takes them to heart and pushes through the difficulty. We always end with “I knew I could do it. I’m not a quitter.”
“Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” ~Vince Lombardi
David wasn’t a quitter either. He was in a tough spot, but rather than wallowing in self-pity or complaining, he talked to God like I talk to Avery when he’s doing his best to get up that hill. I affirm what I know he is capable of.
‘For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent, he will set me high upon a rock.’ (vs5)
David didn’t just speak words of affirmation to himself; he reminded God of what He could do and trusted that those words were true.
‘I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!’ (vs13)
That particular verse is special and personal to me. When I consider my vision loss, seeing takes on new meaning. This verse doesn’t imply I will have my vision to the end of my days, and it isn’t a promise of healing from the Lord. To me, it is a decision I make daily to choose to affirm that my God is good.
I choose daily to see His goodness while on this earth.
Is it easy? (Insert snort here) No. Many days I work diligently not to give in to fear and discouragement. That’s where the last verse of this passage comes in.
‘Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the Lord!’ (vs14)
David wrote this Psalm when enemies surrounded him. There was no immediate relief in sight, and there was nothing he could physically do to change his circumstances. I’m certain fear coursed through David’s veins. But instead of giving in, he chose to wait on the Lord.
Even amid this decision, he gives himself a pep talk and reminds himself to take courage, then repeats what he will do.
Friend, I don’t know what burden you bear, but I know you carry a heavy one. It’s inevitable in this fallen world. But waiting on God and reminding yourself of His goodness may be the only way you’ll get through this trial.
Wait. And keep waiting. In the wait, you will find strength and courage. I urge you to read Psalm 27. When tempted to be afraid, speak words of affirmation to yourself and God. Follow David’s example.
Tell your Heavenly Father everything, then wait and allow God to show you the miracle of His mercy.
Please let me know in the comments below if you need prayer. It would be my privilege to intercede for you.
February is Low Vision Awareness Month.