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The rewards of patience

Psalms 40

The scriptures contain many stories of people who waited years or even decades for the Lord's promises to be fulfilled. What modern believers can learn from the patience of Biblical saints like Abraham, Joseph, David, and Paul is that waiting for the Lord has eternal rewards.

Let's take a look at Israel's most memorable monarchs today. David was the chosen heir to the Israeli throne, but he spent years evading King Saul's angry persecution. Although David had two different options for revenge, he resisted the temptation and spared Saul's life. He chose to keep God's schedule for his coronation instead of dishonoring the Lord by killing the divinely anointed king. David's psalms reveal his intimate awareness of Yahweh's work in his life. The Shepherd King achieved his goal not only through patience; He also noticed that God's way was always the best.

David left an incredible testimony of God's faithfulness that each of us could read and meditate on. He was determined to wait for the Lord, and as a result he had the approval and blessing of the Father. We cannot underestimate the rewards of living in divine favor. This is not a special state reserved for "giants of faith" like David. All who obediently endure until the Lord acts on their behalf remain in His favor.

David didn't get his blessing because he was special; He was honored among men because above all he honored the Lord. And since he trusted in God's faithfulness, he endured difficulties with patience. We too can expect to be blessed as we wait on the Lord.

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Originally published August 15, 2020.

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