“Be strong and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord!
Psalm 31:24 (Amplified)
Psalm 31 starts out “In You, O Lord, I put my trust…” To anyone walking through the storms of life, I encourage you to put your trust in God, and allow Him to help you!
Be strong and let your heart take courage ~
Let your heart … just like put (your trust) and allow … all require action on your part. It entails being dependent, trusting, and leaning on God, instead of pulling yourself up by your own boot straps, stubbornly trying to make things happen on your own ~ your way or the highway. Instead … let your heart take courage for God will strengthen your heart!
Courage ~ the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty or intimidation,*” guided, enabled, and strengthened by the all loving and all-knowing God.
All you who Wait for ~ Wait, is to “hope, trust, expect, be patient, remain in anticipation**.” Waiting in faith on the Lord, and trusting God always, for He heard your prayers, as you drew near to Him!
All you who Hope for ~ Hope is “confident expectation based on solid certainty… an extension of faith***” “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
All you who Expect the Lord ~ look forward to, anticipate, await, hope and watch for the promises of God to manifest in and through your life!
Do you see how Wait, Hope and Expect all interweave? “… let your heart take courage, all you who wait for and hope for and expect the Lord!”
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you.
He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)
As the storms of life come and go, you may have moments when you take your eyes off of Christ, but take courage in and through the strength and love of God through Jesus Christ ~ refocus, grab hold of Him and stand up again victoriously!
“I [Jesus} have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence.
In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration;
but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident,
For I have overcome the world.
[I have deprived it of power to harm you and
have conquered it for you.”
John 16:33 (Amplified)
God’s Love and Blessings,
** Strong’s #3176 ~ Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, James Strong, LLD., S.T.D.
*** Strong’s #1680 and Word Wealth from New Spirit Filled Life Bible, Thomas Nelson Bibles.