In His time

David said, “Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD” (Psalm 128:1). The word translated feareth, yârê (yaw – ray´) is derived from the word yârê’ which means not only to be afraid, but to stand in awe. “This is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of the individual revered and renders him proper respect” (3372).

To be blessed means to be happy (835), but probably not in the way that most people think of happiness. David said in Psalm 129, “Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me” (Psalm 129:2). Figuratively, happiness is making progress or getting ahead in life (833), what we think of as prosperity, but from David’s perspective, it was not being held back, not hindering God’s plan for his life.

David made it a practice to wait for the LORD. The word translated wait, qâvâh (kaw – vaw´) figuratively means to expect. “This word stresses the straining of the mind in a certain direction with an expectant attitude…a forward look with assurance” (6960). David’s confidence in the LORD was based on God’s power and position. David showed reverence to God when he waited because it showed his confidence that God would come through for him.

David said, “My soul waiteth for the LORD more than they that watch for the morning” (Psalm 130:6). Everyone expects the sun to come up in the morning because it does everyday, day after day, consistently and on schedule. David realized that God’s dependability was based on a perfect track record and he relied on that track record more than anything else while he was waiting.

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