Psalm 43:5 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
Hope is a precious possession.
When we have hope, it becomes our anchor to weather the most violent of storms. It is our light through the darkest night. Hope is the tether that binds us as we navigate unchartered waters.
Hebrews 6:18-19 “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;”
Hope gives lightness to a soul bent down by sin.
Hope lifts the head of those downtrodden.
The hope of the saved child of God is in God’s Word.
Romans 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
One of the three famous, enduring things in life is hope.
1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
Often, hope can be misplaced. When placed in possessions, the things that we obtain cannot bring any joy or happiness We fail of the very thing for which we are searching.
We place our hope in people. Enduring friendships, marriages, and lifelong companions aren’t made overnight. They must weather those times when we place too much hope in that one and they ultimately fail us. Hope looks beyond the frailty of human emotion, relationship, and soul ties we may experience.
Any time we experience the failure of others, our hope in God sees us through the hardest of times.
We must all deal with those times when those in authority fail us. When those we entrusted to keep our finances, our careers, and our hearts wither, disappear or walk away. It is devastating.
Two times previous to the appearance of our verse today, we find the same question asked;
Psalm 42:5 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”
Psalm 42:11 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
It is as if the psalmist is asking his own soul – “Why am I without hope?”
The devil is masterful at placing that very thing that captures our attention and gets our eyes off of the Savior. He studies and has studied us for centuries. He knows just what to place before us to get our eyes off the prize of the high calling of God.
He will not come suddenly; surprising us with his bait. No, he has all the time in the world. For if he can turn your heart away from God – even to seemingly hate Him for your situation and circumstance – he has won a portion of your heart. To him, it doesn’t matter if it takes a day, a week, a month, a year, or a lifetime – just so long as you turn.
Once our view is tainted, he works feverishly to put a wedge between us and with whom it is we have our hope.
Our enemy has ruined many a testimony and taken many a life of those who have lost hope. That is why we must work hard to help any and all to have a sure foundation in their relationship with our God.
When the lies of the enemy are revealed, we can drive the stake deeper into the hope we have in Christ. Answered prayer allows us to bolster our faith. Hearing and obeying the call of God on our life can take us to some scary and unknown places. But, anchored in hope, we can face whatever comes our way.
This may have been the best or the worst of weeks, months or even years. Realize that if the enemy can unseat your hope, he won’t stop until he takes your life… it is that important.
Carrying that hope to a lost and dying world is one of the best ways to keep your hope alive – by planting it in the hearts of others.
1 Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
Place your hope in who He is; what He has done, and what He has promised for our future!