A Blessed Hope
Similar to yesterday, as I emerged from my “God-and-me time,” I came away with a single message… a command that I (that we) would do well to hold on to, that is to HAVE HOPE! While the word itself, “hope,” does not appear in our text, Psalm 94:14-19, everything about the text points to it. Hope is trust… reliance. To have hope is to have trust in… to have a reliance on someone or something that has integrity… that has a proven history of steadfast endurance. For the Psalmist and for us, there is only one who fits the bill… that is the Lord!
First, the psalmist reminds himself of what he has learned about God: the immutable, unchangeable truth that the Lord will never deny his own, 14 “For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage…” Then, the psalmist makes it personal. Drawing from the well of his own experience in the darkest of times, he says of God, “17 If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.” Further, as he considers the thoughts and cares of life that tend to weigh on him, he concludes and, therein, expresses his hope is in the Lord saying, “18 … your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. 19… your consolations cheer my soul.”
Shall we take a page from the psalmist’s book? Will we remember what we have learned of God, rehearse who the Lord has been to us, and rest in the Lord’s love… continuing to rely on and hope in God who is faithful?
Let Us Pray
Lord God, you are the God of Truth. You are the God who remains true to your word. Lord, we thank you for being our Anchor… the One God on whom we can trust and depend. We testify today that our hope is in you, O Lord. For you are the Lord immutable. You are the God who changes not.