I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. (Psalm 27:13-14)

My mother’s death certificate listed cancer as cause of death; yet, she had other serious health issues as well. She was under the care of a cardiologist for heart failure and was a diabetic. Mom had undergone surgery for lung cancer about a month before she died but I suspect heart failure took her life. A stressful situation could have caused her to have a heart attack.

We can strengthen our physical hearts through stress reduction, a proper diet, exercise and rest. The LORD God strengthens spiritual hearts. The Psalm writer, King David, admitted his weakness. He would have fainted, lost heart and hope without his personal faith in the LORD. He had placed his trust, confidence in the goodness of God.

Was David giving godly council as he wrote wait on the LORD? We are wise to heed the advice. Yet, he might have been talking to himself… If discouraged, he found hope and courage in the knowledge of the LORD’s mercy. With assurance, he firmly believed God strengthens the hearts of those who trust and obey.

LORD, increase my faith. Help me to learn and follow this life lesson; I wait on you. In Jesus name. Amen.


Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth’s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.