And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Psalm 39:7 NLT
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord—now and always. Psalm 131:3 NLT
I could read the Psalms all day, everyday! I remember as a 15 year old who couldn’t put her thoughts into words, constantly reading them out loud to God. I could relate to David in so many ways. He seemed to be able to express the very things that were deep in my heart.
Many of you are familiar with my story, but for 2 years after my dad died, I felt abandoned. Everything I’d learned about a loving heavenly Father flew out the window when people said, “God took your daddy home to be with Him.” What kind of a God does that?
But David trusted in the Lord. In the midst of all his losses, he reminded himself of His faithfulness. In his grief, he cried out to the great Comforter. When threats came against Israel, he hoped in the God of his salvation. It was in the Psalms that I discovered that regardless of my circumstances, I could trust God with my outcome.
My hope remains in you, oh God of Israel. I will speak of your faithfulness and praise your holy name. Who can turn the hearts of kings and mighty men? You oh God. As David did, I will humble myself before you and cry out for your holy city and the people you love.
Everyday, I cry out for your help, that I may be a light in the world, a city set on a hill that cannot be hid. Everyday, I will spend time in Your presence that I will have oil in my lamp that make me burn bright.
Give me wisdom in the days ahead, that I may speak your Word over our rulers and not my own. Help me to bless and not curse. I do not know what lies ahead, but I know and trust in you, Lord, who knows the end from the beginning.
I know you are coming quickly. I see the signs around me and my heart is thrilled to return to my heavenly home. But before you return, may every man and woman, boy and girl throughout the whole earth, hear of your great love and mercy. May you find me faithful when you come. I love you Lord. I will not fear my future for my heart hopes in you.