Psalm 27:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 27:14, NIV: "Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."

Psalm 27:14, ESV: "Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!"

Psalm 27:14, KJV: "Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD."

Psalm 27:14, NASB: "Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD."

Psalm 27:14, NLT: "Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD."

Psalm 27:14, CSB: "Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the LORD."

What does Psalm 27:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David concludes this psalm with an admonition to wait on the Lord. He gives the admonition at the beginning of the verse and repeats it at the end of the verse. Perhaps, David was addressing himself. The structure of this psalm begins with statements of confidence, followed by pleas for rescue, as if David was reminding himself of God's protection. It's also possible that in this part of the psalm, David is addressing his soldiers, or the assembly of Israel.

Regardless of the exact aim of this phrase, the admonition is good for everyone who wants to do the Lord's will. God's timetable may differ from ours. We tend to want an immediate answer to our prayers, but the Lord is never in a rush. He may not answer us immediately, but He has promised to answer, "in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). Waiting on the Lord draws us close to Him and teaches us to be patient.

David also provides another admonition in this closing verse of Psalm 27. He counsels in favor of strength and bravery, grounded in one's trust of God. Moses imparted this admonition to Joshua when he commissioned him to lead the people of Israel (Deuteronomy 31:7–8). Also, the Lord gave Joshua this advice (Deuteronomy 31:23; Joshua 1:6–7, 9), and Joshua gave it to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh (Joshua 1:12–18).

The Christian life is not easy. There are many adversaries, trials, and temptations. We need to be strong and courageous in the power of the Lord (John 16:33).