Because God is our light and our salvation, our desire to dwell in His house, and therein behold His beauty, will most assuredly be fulfilled. There are times when it does not look that way. We have enemies exactly because He is our light and our salvation. Those who hate God will hate us and treat us as they treated His Son Who came into our flesh. Using false witnesses, breathing cruelty, they nailed Him to His cross. And in the measure that we reveal Him by walking in God's way, they will mock, torment, yea even kill us, if we do not fall into the temptations wherewith Satan tries to lead us away from a walk of love toward God.
That is why God Himself through David calls us to "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord." Or as we sing it from our versification:
Faint-hearted would I be
Didst Thou not promise, Lord,
I shall Thy goodness see
While Thou dost life accord.
Wait on the Lord, nor faint nor fear,
Yea, trust and wait the Lord is near.
The truth here is that God will at His own appointed time make us experience fully that He is our light and our salvation. All the attacks of Satan and of the unbelievers only prove this to be true. But we must courageously wait until God sends His Son to resurrect our bodies that for a time lie in the grave, and gives us the fullness of salvation.
Now to wait on the Lord is not being idle, doing nothing. Those about to run in a race wait with their minds alert and their ears cocked so that they hear the signal that starts the race. So our minds must be fixed on that full salvation in the day of Christ when we shall fully know God as our light and our salvation.
Waiting courageously, then, means that we live in God's word. It is not a closed book for us but an open book. We wait with souls that are reaching out for that full salvation. We fear no disappointment or unfaithfulness on God's part. We know He is our light and salvation.
Read: John 14:1-21
Psalter versification: #72:4
Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism
Song for Meditation: Psalter #409
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Through the Bible in One Year
Nehemiah 3:15-32 ; Nehemiah 4 ; Nehemiah 5:1-13
1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Quote for Reflection:
The great art and power of faith consist in seeing that which is not seen and in not seeing that which is nonetheless felt.” Martin Luther
- Date: 12-August