Waiting is hard.

It can be tempting to focus – even obsess – on what you don’t know. You might find yourself asking questions that seem to never end: “Why is this taking so long?” “Why can’t I figure this out?” “What am I going to do if this turns out badly?” A vicious cycle can begin that is emotionally and spiritual taxing.
 
One of the strategies for waiting is to focus your heart on what you know to be true about God.

It’s how you can practically lead your heart to trust in the Lord as you wait. Ask yourself a different set of questions: “Who is the Lord?” What is he like?” “How has he proven himself trustworthy?” “What do I know about him?”

The following Bible verses will help you wait. The list reflects the verses in Psalms where we find “The Lord is…”

Use this list to remind your heart what you know about God. Pray over the unique expressions of God’s character and his care. Allow the truth of these verses to settle you, assure you, and comfort you as you wait.

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14) 

 
The Lord is…

Psalm 9:9
 
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
 
Psalm 10:16
 
The Lord is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.
 
Psalm 11:4
 
The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
 
Psalm 11:7
 
For the Lord is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.
 
Psalm 14:6
 
You would shame the plans of the poor, but the Lord is his refuge.
 
Psalm 16:5
 
The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
 
Psalm 18:2
 
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
 
Psalm 23:1
 
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
 
Psalm 27:1
 
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
 
Psalm 28:7
 
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.
 
Psalm 28:8
 
The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
 
Psalm 34:8
 
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
 
Psalm 34:18
 
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
 
Psalm 54:4
 
Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.
 
Psalm 92:15
 
to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
 
Psalm 93:1
 
The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
 
Psalm 95:3
 
For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
 
Psalm 99:2
 
The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
 
Psalm 100:5
 
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
 
Psalm 103:8
 
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
 
Psalm 110:5
 
The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.
 
Psalm 111:4
 
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful.
 
Psalm 113:4
 
The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens!
 
Psalm 118:6
 
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
 
Psalm 118:7
 
The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
 
Psalm 118:14
 
The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
 
Psalm 118:27
 
The Lord is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar!
 
Psalm 119:57
 
The Lord is my portion; I promise to keep your words.
 
Psalm 121:5
 
The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
 
Psalm 129:4
 
The Lord is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked.
 
Psalm 135:3
 
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing to his name, for it is pleasant!
 
Psalm 135:5
 
For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
 
Psalm 145:8
 
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
 
Psalm 145:9
 
The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.
 
Psalm 145:13
 
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.
 
Psalm 145:17
 
The Lord is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works.
 
Psalm 145:18
 
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
 


Mark Vroegop is the Lead Pastor of College Park Church in Indianapolis. He’s the author of Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament, the ECPA 2020 Christian Book of the Year and Weep with Me: How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation.

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