waiting at airport May 10 Chronological Bible Study

Timeline. Map. Go to today’s Bible reading (NIV) or alternate versions (use your browser arrow to return): Psalms 37, 9, 10, 27; 2Samuel 15:37; 2Samuel 16:15

Waiting for Deliverance

Waiting in a terminal can be long and tiring. We wonder if our flight will ever arrive. There are other times in our lives when waiting seems long. An unmet expectation, punishment, or suffering an injustice can test our endurance. Should we keep waiting or act?

In these series of Bible studies, Absalom, King David's son, staged a coup to unseat his father. Being informed of this, King David left Jerusalem to spare the city and the tabernacle of God from suffering the effects of civil war, and to avoid facing his son in battle. To some this appeared to be an act of cowardice and weakness. David was humiliated. As they fled from the city, he and his army were even pelted with stones by a Benjamite still loyal to Saul. Still David does not act.

The exact order of the writing of the Psalms is not certain, but from our last Bible reading it appears David was at first confident that he would be vindicated and quickly returned. Sin, however, (whether ours or someone else's), has a way of delaying our plans.

After a while of suffering the shame of being dethroned, David is at times disillusioned and discouraged (Psalm 10). Nevertheless, it is his job to encourage his troops. They are probably thinking,

Why did we flee and not fight to defend Jerusalem; are we not David's most talented troops and fiercely loyal to him?

Why doesn't David return? Why doesn't our brave warrior-leader fight for himself?

Why do we, too, suffer this shame and humiliation? How can we be fed in this desert? What about our families—how will we care for them?

It is natural to second guess ourselves and others. We wonder if we should have done differently. What do we do when problems have no immediate solution?

What does David do while he is waiting for God's deliverance? Does he plan and scheme on how to retake his throne? No. David prays and encourages himself and those with him to wait on the LORD's deliverance. This is often difficult to do.

Some may think that nothing is going to change by waiting. David knows, however, that God is acquainted with all his ways. He has faith in the LORD. If we truly believe the LORD is Sovereign and Almighty to deliver those who are oppressed, we will not make measly attempts to deliver ourselves—we will wait for the muscle of God. We will continue to serve and worship him. We will call upon God and watch expectantly for him to deliver. David writes,

Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret-- it leads only to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land (Psalm 37:1-9, NIV).

“Now David had been told, ‘Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.’ So David prayed, ‘O LORD, turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness’” (2Samuel 15:31, NIV). God often frustrates the plans of the wicked. David has informants in the palace to tell him of the plans of Absalom. He even asks his close advisor and friend, Hushai, to go back to Jerusalem and be a counselor to Absalom that he might frustrate the shrewd wisdom of Ahithophel. Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, will take any information given them and send it to David by their sons. David writes further,

“The LORD is known by his justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands” (Psalm 9:16, NIV).

“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 27:1, NIV)

“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:13-14, NIV).

Are we confident that the LORD will deliver us in his perfect timing? Then, let's wait and see the salvation of God.

Lessons to Live By

  • Do you know God is Almighty and powerful to save? He can give you peace in your soul (more...)
  • If we truly believe God is Sovereign and Almighty to deliver those who are oppressed, we will not make measly attempts to deliver ourselves—we will wait for the muscle of God. We will continue to serve and worship him. We will call on the LORD and watch expectantly for him to deliver.
  • God often frustrates the plans of the wicked and delivers the righteous.

Focus Verse

Psalm 27:14 (NIV) “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”

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A Look Ahead: David has prayed and waited for the LORD to deliver, but he experiences The Silence of God. Why doesn't he answer? Maybe you have experienced this, too. Get some encouragement in our Next Lesson.

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