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.