Isaiah 40 (Part 22) - Isa 40:31a - They That Wait Upon The LORD Shall Renew Their Strength

Watch the video of this Bible study on YouTube: Isaiah 40 (Part 22) - Isa 40:31a - They That Wait Upon The LORD Shall Renew Their Strength For a master copy of the outline and the other sermons in the series, click here: Isaiah 40. To listen to the previous sermon in the series, click here: Part 21 To listen to the next sermon in the series, click here: Part 23 XXXI. Isa 40:31 1. "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;..." A. Having our strength renewed depends upon waiting on the Lord (Psa 27:14). i. Wait v. - 14. wait on or upon a. To observe, watch; to fix one's eyes upon, gaze at. h. In Bible phrase, to place one's hope in (God). ii. The LORD is the only God that is worth waiting upon because all other so-called gods are idols (Jer 14:22). iii. We should trust, praise, and wait on the Lord (Psa 52:8-9). iv. Turn to God, keep mercy and judgment, and wait on God continually (Hos 12:6). v. When we wait on the Lord we shall be exalted (Psa 37:34). vi. Those that wait upon the Lord will inherit the earth (Psa 37:9). vii. When we are oppressed, we must not retaliate, but wait on the Lord and He will save us (Pro 20:22; Psa 59:9). viii. Wait on the Lord until He has mercy on you (Psa 123:2). a. Even when God is hiding His face because of our sin, keep waiting on the Lord, and never give in to the suggestions of wicked to abandon the true God (Isa 8:13-20). b. Those that wait on the Lord will not be ashamed (Psa 25:3; Psa 25:18-22; Psa 69:6). B. A key ingredient in renewing our strength is keeping our mouths shut (Isa 41:1). i. When we wait on the Lord to have our strength renewed, we should wait quietly (Lam 3:26). ii. Quietly adv. - In a quiet manner; without molestation, peacefully; without excitement, tumult, or noise; without moving or stirring, etc. Also, surreptitiously, without attracting public notice. iii. If you are going to talk when waiting on the Lord, let it be in prayer (Mat 26:41; Mar 13:33). iv. Watch v. - 1. a. To be or remain awake. 2. a. To remain awake for purposes of devotion; to keep vigil. 3. a. To be on the alert, to be vigilant; to be on one's guard against danger or surprise. C. Eternally, God has renewed our spirits through regeneration (Tit 3:5). D. God will physically renew our strength when we wait on Him and trust Him. i. God will provide all of our needs which causes our strength to be renewed daily (Phi 4:19; Psa 34:9-10; Psa 37:25; Psa 55:22; Pro 10:3). ii. God even does this for the animals and continually renews the face of the earth (Psa 104:21-30; Psa 147:8-9). a. They wait upon Him for their meat (Psa 145:15-16). b. We need to take a lesson from the animals (Pro 6:6-8). c. If God does so for the animals, how much more so for us (Mat 6:26)? iii. The Lord will preserve them that love Him and call upon Him (Psa 145:18-20). E. When we have sinned, we must repent and ask God to renew in us a right spirit (Psa 51:10-12). F. In addition to renewing our strength, the Lord will also renew our minds temporally. i. He will do so when we present our bodies as a living sacrifice to Him, being not conformed to this world, but being transformed from it (Rom 12:1-2). ii. We need to put off the old man and his deeds in order for the spirit of our minds to be renewed (Eph 4:22-24; Col 3:10). iii. Even though our outward man perishes, God renews the inward man day by day (2Co 4:16).