In TV dramas, thrillers and so on you perhaps like cliff hanger endings, those designed to keep the viewers keen for the next episode but as a conclusion, the last ever edition, they’re dire. In Psalm 27 we don’t have that exactly, but neither do we know the outcome precisely. Was David’s problem resolved, was the issue settled? In a sense however that’s not important for what we end with is the psalmist’s confidence that God will answer conclusively with his blessing in a way that secures his life. “I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” That leads to the encouragement of others to faith and patience in the same Lord.
Waiting for answers is one of the most difficult things in almost every aspect of life, but it is especially so when we find ourselves in a tight spot. Faith is difficult to maintain when we are short on answers. Uncertainty is a perfect breeding ground for fear. Yet, just as muscles which aren’t used become weak, faith that isn’t sometimes tested is shallow. In the coming days our faith individually and our patience may be tested in many ways, so the psalmist’s words are words we need to hear, not only hear but heed. “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” v14.
(Bob and Michael Benson. Disciplines of the Inner Life)
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