Context matters. In fact, context makes all the difference in making sure we have the full intention of a statement. For example, I have loved the Bible verse in Psalm 27:13 that gives me a promise to believe…that I WILL see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. That is, by itself, a powerful word to pray. So as I sat with Psalm 27 a bit recently and read the verse before and after it, it becomes even more meaningful, because the context reminds us to speak it, believe it and declare it…especially when we don’t see it!
Here is the context of Psalm 27: 12-14 (NIV). “Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. I remain 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.”
There are times in our lives when accusers may rise up against us. There will be times that we may feel on the verge of losing it, deliberating over the desire to run away or stand in faith believing. This full context Word of the Lord gives us our battle plan! Look to God and pour out our concern to Him. Wait for Him in courage. And be confident of His promise…in THIS lifetime…we WILL see His goodness in our lives. Take heart!