‘my soul is weary…
strengthen me according to your word.’ (Psalm 119:28)
I’m currently meditating on Psalm 119 – this could take a long time, it’s the longest psalm in the Book. I read those words yesterday, and thought of another psalm:
‘Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God…’ (Psalm 42:5; 43:5)
And I was reminded of:
‘those who hope in me will not be disappointed.’ (Isaiah 49:23)
Paul knew this:
‘hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.’ (Romans 5:5)
The writer to the Hebrews tells us:
‘we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.’ (Hebrews 6:19)
This hope is a sure and certain hope, not a ‘hope so’ hope.
Later on, the writer to the Hebrews states:
‘faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.’ (Hebrews 11:1)
For me, the greatest benefit from my turning point moment is being absolutely certain of God’s love for me, no matter what.
“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air…but only for one second without hope.”
John Mark Comer has written a wonderful book: ‘My Name is Hope: Anxiety, depression and life after melancholy’ [for UK readers see here] in which he tells his story of how God brought him out of a very dark place into the land of hope, peace and joy.
How about you – what gives you hope?