Waiting and Training

December 27, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Selected Psalms | 9 Comments
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Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.

Psalm 112:6-8

In difficult circumstances, you may have heard the somewhat cliched Christian advice to “wait upon the Lord.” It’s not bad advice, but, remember, when we are waiting on the Lord we are not just waiting on Him to change our circumstances. We are also asking Him to grant us the right response to our circumstances. In trying circumstances we are not just waiting on deliverance. We are building strength into our faith while we wait.

Think of times of difficulty as times of training. Athletes and soldiers train, but they do not train just to kill time before the big game or the big battle. They are working to make sure they perform well when the time comes.

He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.

Psalm 112:9 (emphasis added)

(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

II Corinthians 9:9

The word translated as “horn” in Psalm 112:9 carries the idea of “power” or “personal influence.” Whenever God blesses you with money, power, influence, or favor, beware of falling into pride. Beware of the temptation to begin subtly looking for ways to receive worship. Look instead for ways to pour out your influence with one hand and point to God with the other.

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In fact, the hands we hold open to God to receive blessings from Him ought to be the quickest hands to point back to Him in the sight of others so that He is glorified.

The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Psalm 112:10

When the wicked see God blessing the righteous, they will be filled with hatred, but they will ultimately have only themselves to blame. God desires to grant the gift of righteousness to all who will humble themselves and come to Him by faith.


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