Psalm 130 – My Hope is in the Lord

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This psalmist has the right focus. He is “counting” on the Lord (verse 5). In other translations this is “waiting” on the Lord. I see a difference in meaning, ever so slight, between “counting on” and “waiting on”.

I can wait for things, and sometimes those things don’t happen. When I count on something, I am expecting it to happen, sure that it will when the time is right.

Neither interpretation of this passage is incorrect. The bottom line is that we put our hope in the Lord. We can wait on or we can count on him, no matter, he will act.

Have there been times in your life when it seems like all you do is wait for something? How does it feel? Maybe you could describe it as a nagging sensation that overshadows everything you do. When the anticipated event happens, how do you feel – relieved, ecstatic, both?

There will be times in our walk of faith that we have to wait on God. The important thing here is to stay steadfast and trust. We need to put our hope in God – it’s the best (and only) place to put our hope. He will never leave of forsake us. He may just not answer as quickly as we would like. We remember he is the holy one. He is the all knowing creator.

Let’s pray. Father you are holding me and my life in your hands. I thank you that I am safe and secure. I have no fear only trust in you that you will reveal yourself to me and use me in a way that fits perfectly for me. I thank you for all of the opportunities you place before me. May my life reflect you always. I want to be all in for you God. May the hope I have in you be the same hope that others grasp on to. Your precious word is there to guide and protect. May we listen and obey. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

Psalm 125 – Why Trust?

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The promise in verse one is quite something, isn’t it? Those who trust in the Lord are as secure as Mount Zion; they will not be defeated but will endure forever.” 

Is this a good reason to trust God? He is surrounding us now and will forever. There is assurance there. It doesn’t say that we will be trouble free. But no matter what, God is there. That’s why I trust.

We will not be defeated. We have the final victory with Jesus. We may experience trials and feel as if we’re defeated in this life, but this promise goes way beyond the here and now. This is a promise for eternity. I can put up with a little strife in this life, to be ready for the happily ever after with Jesus.

The part of this psalm about evil rulers strikes a chord. There are many people around the world today unhappy with their leadership. We see it here in Mexico, and we certainly see it in the United States. There are people all over the globe fearful for their lives because of rulers who are abusing their power. But, if we also believe in God’s sovereignty, we know that God is the true ruler of our hearts and lives. These men and women in authority are only being used by God.

Romans 13 addresses this, ” Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. “ I’m not intending to get into a political debate. Whether we agree with our rulers are not, we should remember this Bible teaching and get on our knees in prayer for those leaders.

Evil exists in this world, and no one is immune. We are all tempted by our own weaknesses. I think of 2 Corinthians 12:9, Jesus said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” There it is. We can call on the power of Christ!

So where do you put your trust? In your own abilities? In your Savior and King, Jesus?

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father thank you for your promise of eternity with you. Help me to trust you without question. I pray for the world’s leaders, especially when I see so much injustice and anger and fear. Work in their hearts so that they align with you. I pray for those that are searching for you. May they find you and be blessed. Unleash your power inside me so that I can truly live for you.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.