The moment I read this verse, I was captivated.
How many certainties can we claim in this life? But interestingly, when I looked for the most accurate meaning of these words in their original language, I found that this verse was difficult to translate.
It seems what David actually wrote was more like, "I would've fainted without words, if it were not for the goodness of the Lord." For his troubles seemed to be unending, his pursuer cruel and unyielding. David was accused of wrong by the king, yet he was an innocent man on the run for his life.
He was sinking into a depression. I have been there when I thought my burdens were simply about to break me. Never enough money, painful injury, and repeated set backs. Clearly nothing as life-threatening as David experienced, but trials just the same.
That's why I find it so refreshing to know that even David... the man who courageously killed Goliath... struggled with his courage. Yet he declared, I am CERTAIN I will see the Lord's GOODNESS in the land of the living.
For his words were declared before he stepped forth into the day, setting his mind and heart on faith in God. And the Lord's mercy and grace delivered him to see God's certain goodness... even before his trials ended.
So we are to...
Wait for the Lord.
Be strong and courageous...
not to faint without words, but
wait for the Lord.
The Lord is worthy of our wait.
The Lord is faithful to His word.
The Lord is our Certain Goodness in the land of the living.
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