Twenty Bible Verses That Advise Us To Wait Upon the Lord

Wait Upon The Lord

The Bible is full of verses that remind us to wait on the Lord. As a caregiver, there are times we need to wait.

Have you ever read in the Bible the phrase “wait upon the Lord” and wondered what it means? Those four words have two basic meanings in the Bible. 

Old Testament Meaning

When “wait upon the Lord” is used in the Old Testament, the Nation of Israel, the people of God, and individual people were told to wait on God’s providential care. 

New Testament Meaning

Often when the phrase “wait upon the Lord” is used in the New Testament it refers to Jesus’ second coming. 

A common meaning in most all biblical instances for waiting on the Lord is having the expectant trust and hope in God’s movement and activity.

Twenty Bible Verses That Advise Us To Wait Upon the Lord

“Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”

Psalm 27:14 King James Version (KJV)

“Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.”

Psalm 25:3 (KJV)

“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”

Psalm 25:5 (KJV)

“For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.”

Psalm 37:9 (KJV)

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

Psalm 62:5 (KJV)

“I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.”

Psalm 69:3 (KJV)

“Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.”

Psalm 123:2 (KJV)

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

“And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.”

Isaiah 8:17 (KJV)

“Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O Lord our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.”

Jeremiah 14:22 (KJV)

“Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counseller, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.”

Mark 15:43 (KJV)

“And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.”

Luke 2:25 (KJV)

“Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve more.”

Luke 12:35-40 (KJV)

“And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

Romans 8:23-25 (KJV)

“So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:”

1 Corinthians 1:7 (KJV)

“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.”Galatians 5:5 (KJV), “For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.”

1 Corinthians 4:5 (KJV)

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

Titus 2:13 (KJV)

“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

Hebrews 9:28 (KJV)

“Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”

James 5:7-8 (KJV)

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.”

Revelation 6:9-11 (KJV)

Scripture Source: All Bible Verses are from the King James Version (KJV) by Public Domain
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