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Hope When Life Is Tough
AUGUST 18, 2023
Daily Reading – Psa. 69-72 / Rom. 10
Psalm 71:14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
GETTING INTO GOD’S WORD:
HOPE! Most of us have been through tough times in life. Times when it may seem that all hope is gone. Maybe it was the loss of a job during a particularly tough time in life. Now what? Possibly it was the passing of a friend or relative. Someone you relied on and cared for deeply. Now they are gone. Now what? If anything in life is sure, it is that very few things in life are sure. Things continuously change, and it does not always seem like, in the moment, they are changing for good. When life happens, and all seems lost, where do you find HOPE?
In Psalm 71:14 David says “But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.“ The comment came right after he says in vs 10 that his enemies are talking bad about him. They are getting together to talk about how to do him in. They even are saying in vs 11 that because God has left him and forsaken him there is no one to help him. Needless to say, David seems a bit overwhelmed. Yet still he says, “I will hope continually.” To that he adds, I will praise God more and more. Where does he find such courage? How can he have such joy? He finds this in the security of God’s watch care in the past. Back in Psalm 71:5 he said, “For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.” David’s peace of heart does not rely on who God might be tomorrow, but in who God has always been in his past. He is still GOD!
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:
Our hope is built upon the God who gave us life. Our hope is in the Lord. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” When feeling alone, without hope, remember, God said He would never leave us.
Does knowing God give you HOPE?
“Getting people into the Word of God…
… and the Word of God into people.”
Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director