Psalm 31:24 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 31:24, NIV: Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

Psalm 31:24, ESV: Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!

Psalm 31:24, KJV: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Psalm 31:24, NASB: Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who wait for the LORD.

Psalm 31:24, NLT: So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD!

Psalm 31:24, CSB: Be strong, and let your heart be courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord.

What does Psalm 31:24 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David's final words in Psalm 31 exhort the faithful to be purposeful and brave as they place all their trust in God. This resembles the exhortation the Lord gave Joshua as he was about to lead the Israelites into Canaan. There, they would face giants and fortified cities. Yet God told Joshua: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9).

Life is full of challenges. Ill health can grip the believer at any moment. Persecution is certain (John 16:33; 2 Timothy 3:12). Various trials bring stress and pressure to the believer. However, those who rely on God and trust His timing find strength for every challenge (James 1:2–4; 1 Peter 1:6–9; 4:12–14). Waiting on the Lord involves praying and trusting. It also involves watching for the return of our faithful Lord, who promised, "Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done" (Revelation 22:12).