Monday, May 28, 2007

Bits and Pieces: Hope

"Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness; To deliver their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, According as we have hoped in You," (Psalm 33:18--22).

* The psalmist speaks of two promises on God's part for His chosen ones, and three responses from those who hope in Him. For those upon whom He has set His heart, the Lord God has promised not only His undivided attention, but also His preserving deliverance.
His people's three-fold response is to wait for Him, to rejoice in Him, and to trust in His holy name.

* In this beautiful psalm of praise to God as Preserver, the psalmist focuses on two facets of God's provision, and three appropriate responses from His people. The Lord has committed Himself to His hopeful ones by promising: a) undistracted devotion, and b) faithful preservation.
The three ways our hope is then expressed are: waiting, rejoicing, and trusting.

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