Monday, May 28, 2007

Bits and Pieces: Hope

"Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence," (Psalm 42:5).

* Someone has well said that one of the most important conversations we can have is with ourselves. In the midst of troubling circumstances, the psalmist here exhorts himself to hope in God. He also encourages himself to remember that such times will eventually pass.
We, too, are helped when we rehearse the truth.

* Discouraged from without and within by trials and difficulties, the psalmist nonetheless refuses to succumb to bitterness or self-pity. Instead, he preaches a self-sermon of exhortation and encouragement. By rehearsing the truth of God's never-failing presence, he builds himself up in hope.

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