Hoping in the Lord – My Daily Bread!
Our courage to trust in the Lord is taken from the words of the Psalmist found in Psalm 33: 20-22, NIV:
“We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”
When we are hoping in the Lord for something our hope is always the same, that God will show up and deliver us, that He will be larger in our life than all the circumstances that oftentimes crowd out our view of God. This Psalm is a reminder that as we wait on the Lord, we must trust in Him and His plan. Even when we cannot see what it is; we must have faith that our God is in control of all our circumstances. This is the blessed assurance spoken of in the Word, knowing and believing on God without seeing!
David gave us some encouraging words on what to do when we wait and God’s resultant response, he said: “I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34: 1-4, NIV) Yes, deliverance from our troubles is God’s promise to those who seek Him! However, praise and exaltation is what should be on our lips through it all! And Saints let us be diligent in that praise especially when we do not see the how of His plan. Trust in His unfailing love and take courage from knowing that “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them.” (Psalm 34: 7, NIV)
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