Great Hope

Every Tuesday all the O-Town staff chicks gather together for Bible Study. We all sit in my mom’s office and share about what we read that week and how it spoke to us. Super fun.

The whole point behind our bible study is based on Jeremiah 9:24 “but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me…”. We have committed for this season to know and understand God more through His word.

Each week we focus on one chapter from Psalms. This past week was Psalms 27.

I LOVE THIS CHAPTER.

First off, the first verse… “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” is a Ugandan hymn and made me smile so big remembering the sweet voices I would hear singing these verses over and over again. So precious you could cry forever about it.

As I was reading I got stuck on the last part of the chapter, in verses 13-14…

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

So powerful. David was real good at “hoping”. Reading the verses I was reminded that David was also real good at waiting – I wonder if he would think the same thing about himself. 🙂  David was appointed king of Israel at 14 years old but didn’t actually become king of Israel until he was 30 years old. BUT during the 16 years in between, he was running from Saul – who was trying to kill him! Talk about tough luck. God sends a prophet to appoint you King, gives you such a promise of hope and a future and it takes SIXTEEN years to see it come to fulfillment and to add some spice up in there, there is a jealous man named Saul who is on the manhunt for you. What a life!

Honestly, I don’t know how David did it. The bible doesn’t tell us every detail of David’s emotions in all of these 16 years, but we can read through the Psalms we can see where David was at. But something I have noticed about David, he never lost hope. He always placed it before him. He kept his eyes on it.

I can only imagine holding onto hope of the promise like your life depended on it. Well, in David’s case, it did! If he didn’t hold onto that hope, he wouldn’t have a will to keep going. He would have let Saul kill him a long time ago, and imagine how different our stories would be. Jesus came from the line of David and if David gave up and gave in – WHERE WOULD WE BE?!

Just like in David’s case he had to hold onto hope like his life depended on it, our case is just the same. Our life is depended upon the hope that is given to us.

The hope of Jesus Christ! The hope that God will see us through whatever we are walking through. The hope that He will finish the good work He started in us. The hope that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess He is Lord. The hope that he will heal our land (#prayforopelousas).The hope that He is our Provider, Healer, Peace, Shepherd, Comforter, etc.

I’ve sat thinking for a while, without hope… what DO we have?

David had a ton of trust in God, but what kept him going was the hope and promise that God gave him when he was 14 years old.

I love verse 13-14 so much lets read it again! 😉

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!

The NIV translation says, “I will remain confident in this…”. I remain. I choose to stay confident in this, that I WILL see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

What powerful words. David is proclaiming, “God! I am choosing to remain confident in who you are, and that I will see GOOD become of my circumstances! I will wait on you!”

David STILL said what he said. Dude wasn’t budging from his hope in God. What a man of hope, and I don’t know about you, I want to be a woman of GREAT hope in the Lord.

Y’all, God can do ANYTHING. He can heal any wound, repair any brokenness, lift any burden, mend any relationship, restore any despair, resurrect any dream dreams, appoint purpose, call out the gold, breathe life back into our souls.

It’s our choice to “remain confident in this…”. As simple as that – YOU have to DECIDE.

There is a fine line, of having great hope and taking one step into total despair over your situation. We MUST choose to remain confident that God says who He says He is and that we WILL see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

Have HOPE! Have hope that whatever you are walking through right now, whatever situation you are in, no matter how hard or tough it might be. You might even want to give up on this whole thing of “serving God” because it’s hard. Yeah, it’s very hard, but you know what, YOU can do it! God IS with you!

Or there is great discouragement in your heart because you have been praying for a certain thing and God hasn’t answered it yet and it feels like He has forgotten about you or isn’t listening to you. Have HOPE that God says that He will work ALL things together for YOUR good. Be strong and courageous! He hears you and sees you and is working things out in HIS perfect timing. You WILL see the goodness of God in the land of the living!

This week, let’s choose to remain confident and be people of hope!

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