Daily Archives: February 25, 2014

HOPE IN THE MIDST OF YOUR CHALLENGES

Psalm 27:1-6

Martin Luther said, “Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.”

Here is how the dictionary describes hope. “to have a wish to get or do something or for something to happen or be true, especially something that seems possible or likely.”

Hope from the world’s viewpoint is just what that definition describes.  The world sees hope as a wish or a desire. Hope for the world is a longing for something that may or may not take place.

The Bible teaches us a vastly different definition of hope. The words of Jeremiah says, “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is,” Jer. 17:7.  Hear also Paul, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity,” 1 Cor. 13:13. The world says that hope is merely a fond wish or desire. But, the words used for hope in the Bible tell a different story. 

They teach us that hope is “A deep settled confidence that God will keep His promises!”

I know we all have challenges; but do you have hope? Are you resting in the sure confidence that God will do just as He has promised He would? That is the essence of hope and hope is a possession we all need to be sure we own in large quantities. I want to look into these verses and share about Hope In The Midst Of Your Challenges. I want to show you from the words of David, why you and I have a reason to hope in the Lord. 

Notice with me where our hope comes from and what hope will accomplish in our lives.

Verses 1-3 OUR CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD PROVIDES HOPE

David begins his psalm of hope by declaring his personal faith in the Lord.  Notice the three-fold use of the word “my” in verse 1.  David has a personal relationship with God.  This is the basic foundation for hope.

Confidence In The Person Of The Lord – David tells us that God is his “light”, his “salvation” and his “strength.” There is a tremendous blessing in these three titles attributed to our God.

As Light, God delivers His people from Darkness – “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:,” Colossians 1:13. As Light God guides our Steps – (Psa. 37:23; John 16:13; Psa. 119:105)

As Salvation God delivers His people from Damnation – “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life,” John 5:24. As Salvation God secures our Souls – (John 10:28; 1 Pet. 1:5; John 6:37)

As Strength God delivers His people from Defeat – “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Cor. 15:57.  As Strength God guarantees our Success – (Rom. 8:37; 2 Cor. 2:14; Isa. 54:17)

These three great characteristics of God serve to give us hope even in the midst of trouble. Because of Who our God is, we need not fear any enemy that should arise against us. Satan himself is no match for our sovereign God!

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