During a time of such great economic crisis, natural disasters, and a world that just seems to be coming apart at the seams, it doesn’t take long at all to find people looking for hope. But what is trustworthy enough to earn our hope? What can we turn to and know it will come through for us?…Wealth?….Strength and power?….Where can we turn?….
I find my answer in Psalm 33:
4 For the word of the LORD is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.
5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
he puts the deep into storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
13 From heaven the LORD looks down
and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth—
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.
The first part of this psalm shows why God is worthy of our hope; “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses.” Who better to turn to then the creator of all things, who loves righteousness and justice.
In verses 16-19 of Psalm 33, it shows the futility of putting our hope in the things of this world, rather than in God:
16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
Where can we turn but to the Lord and His unfailing love?! The things of this world pass away, yet God stands firm forever. I encourage you all to find hope and assurance in your creator; the Lord of all things, in the unfailing love of Jesus, and in what was done on the Cross.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance…that is why we need to turn to the Lord.
20 We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.
May the last three verses of Psalm 33 be a true prayer from our hearts.
In God’s Love and Grace,