As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14
Looking at the events going on in the world, many people do not have much hope for this world. Natural disasters are occurring at catastrophic levels in new places all over the world. Violent crimes are rising in many cities around the world. Poverty and homelessness is on a rise. Cost of living is rising faster than paychecks. Wars and threats of war are seen everywhere.
These things are on the grand scale of life. Then there are the things in a person’s life. Sickness, injury, marital failings, children failing, drugs, alcohol, and more destroying lives and removing hope.
The list of what is going wrong in this world always seems to be increasing, leaving very little room for hope. It looks like doomsday is approaching quickly for most people.
The author of this psalm states that he will always have hope and thus will praise God more and more.
Hope is the expectation of something better that is unseen. At this point, one cannot see an end to many of the problems in this world. People are constantly at war as to how to deal with many of the problems in this world.
If all one does is look at this world and man alone, then there is no hope. There is no way for mankind to make things better. He will fail.
However, God has not left man alone. He is there to provide the needed help. As the author of this psalm wrote, Jesus had not yet died on the cross, yet, he had hope in God to provide the needed salvation.
God will win the battle in the end. Sin and death will be defeated and wiped out when Jesus returns. This is a hope that every believer has.
Knowing this can cause a believer to praise God even more each day.
Take your eyes off of the problems that are going on in this world. Focus on what God has already done for you and will do for you in the future. He will always be there for you and will continue to do more and more each day.
God has promised to save you and give you eternal life. Hold onto that hope and give Him praise for it.
Let the world know the hope that they can have. Let the world see the hope that you have as you praise God despite the circumstances of this world.
I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know how God has helped you already; that you will know the salvation that is yours; and that you will praise God more and more each day.
Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4
In order to keep moving forward a person needs something to sustain him. The basics that every person on this earth needs are: food, water, shelter, and clothing. Without these things at a minimum he cannot keep going forward.
Beyond those basics one also needs some motivation to keep moving forward, especially during a difficult time in life. There has to be a reason to want to keep pushing forward and not give up. Many people call it quits when the going gets tough and some will even end it all if the struggle becomes too much.
Wealth, position, fame, and power are some reasons that keep many people moving forward. They hold on to the hope of these things to come or in their life to go through tough times. However, each of these things can and will fail in the end.
As David was being chased by his enemies, he was also being betrayed by a close friend. Instead of giving up, he holds on to the hope that God is his help and will sustain him, keeping him moving forward despite the challenges.
Instead of looking to the temporary things that the world seeks for sustenance, such as wealth, fame, and position, believers look to God to keep them going. He is the one who provides everything that is needed.
Along with providing food and water, God also provides a hope that is eternal. There is a reason for going through the struggles in this life that makes it all worth it in the end. This can also provide a joy and a peace that passes understanding.
These are the things that give a person strength to keep going forward when the world is fighting against him. They are internal and eternal motivations, rather than temporary and external as the world has.
Look to God for what you need to keep moving forward. You are on a path towards becoming more like Jesus every day. You are on the path God has set before you to get into heaven.
The greatest motivation you can have is knowing that God loves you and has great things in store for you some day in heaven. Don’t give up and get discouraged and want to quit. Keep moving forward.
Allow God’s love and strength and hope He provides to sustain you during the tough times in this life.
I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will trust in God’s provision for your life; that you will know God will help you in every situation; and that God will strengthen you to keep moving forward in His will.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 43:5
Discouragement is something is seen nearly everywhere. People are discouraged about their job, the family, their spouse, their dreams, and many other things. Life is not going the way that they had planned it to go and they do not understand why.
Many are also disturb at the way things are going. They see the news about killings, wars, financial crises, diseases, disasters and much more negative news and fear what is going to happen in life. They do not see any hope for anything good.
In order to cope with the discouragement and anxiety that people are feeling, many will turn to drugs, both legal and illegal. They drown themselves in things or activities to hide their pain and fears.
The author of this psalm asks the question of why his soul was downcast or discouraged and disturbed. He knew that he should be putting all of his hope and trust in God, while giving Him praise.
The discouragement and anxiety does not rest just with unbelievers, but many believers are feeling the same way also. They see what is going on and fear it. They have chosen to see the things of this world only and not see what God is doing.
Despite the garbage, sickness, sin and death in this world, every believer has a hope that is still alive. They have a reason to give God praise. God is on their side and has forgiven them and given them life. While there are troubles in this life, there is a hope of a future that is perfect with no pain, sorrow or suffering for all eternity.
Each one also has the joy of knowing God is right there with them to strengthen and guide them through this dark world. These are reasons to give God praise.
Choose to worship and praise God in spite of the negative things you see. Complaining and being depressed and discouraged will not change a thing, but praising God will give you strength. It can shed light into a dark area of life.
Put all of your hope in God and not in the people and things of this world. This world will pass away, but God will always be there.
Now go out rejoicing and praising God today!
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers; that you will know the hope Jesus provides; that God will remove all fear and anxiety in your life; that God will remove discouragement; ad that you will praise God in every situation.
We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20
The world is always seeking how to make things better. Doctors and scientist are spending billions of dollars searching for ways to bring about cures to various sicknesses. Others are fighting for ways to clean up the environment to save nature and mankind.
Challenges in this world are so great that many do not have much hope. They cannot see any real solutions to most of the problems that are being faced. Death and sickness is so great that people cannot see around the problems and want to give up. They have no joy in their lives because they no longer have any hope.
David knows that there is a hope that the world does not know of. His hope was in the Lord. It is only God who can help and be the needed shield.
Believers are not any less susceptible to problems and challenges in life than the rest of the world. Every day they face many of the same problems that non-believers face.
The difference between the believer and the non-believer is that the believer has a hope that is real. This is not a hope, like ‘I hope this will happen’, but a hope that says, ‘I KNOW this WILL happen’. Every believer know that Jesus and the Father are true to their word. They will do what they said they will do.
Two of the things God said He would do is be the needed help and shield for those who put their trust in Him. God helps the believer by removing the situation or giving him strength to make it through the situation. He puts a hedge of protection around the believer protecting him from being destroyed spiritually. His salvation is secure and for eternity, unless one gives it up.
While these things may not have occurred yet, the believer knows that they will happen in God’s time.
You also can have this assurance in God. God has never failed yet and he will not start now with you. He will always be there to help you in your time of need. God will help you in the best way possible for eternity, regardless of how it looks in the here and now.
As you put your trust in Jesus, He will shield you from losing the salvation He has given to you and that you have accepted.
Rejoice and keep waiting on the Lord.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you know the hope you can have in God; that you will know the help God provides you; that you will see God’s shield in your life; and that you will rejoice in God.