How is your “hope” doing?
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of Heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
This Psalm (Psalm 121) is widely viewed as a traveller’s Psalm and many believe that David wrote it when he was exposed to danger and sought God’s protection. As David assured himself that his help is from God, he also encourages us to rely on God who is our only source. ” My help comes from the LORD, the maker of Heaven and earth. ” The help I hope for is what He sends me. I access this help by activating my faith in His promises. My hope is built on Jesus’ blood and righteousnes.
In the Bible “Hope” is defined as the assured expectations of what God has promised us according to His great faithfulness. Some may view it as a wish or strong desire for something.
The LORD knows that we are constantly faced with trials, temptation and struggles so He assures us in Jeremiah 29:1 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the LORD, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” We need this kind of encouragement as we try to accomplish our goals or complete our daily activities.
Our valley experiences are different but the bottom line is that we exercise the same hope of a better day, of being healed, of having our problems resolved, a brighter future, and subsequently getting back to the mountain top. When our soul needs to be refreshed or revived we often turn to the appropriate scriptures to find peace and contentment. The scripture assures us that the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory in Christ, after we have suffered a little while, will Himself restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10) So whatever we are going through, our situation will only be temporary if we put our trust in God.
The Bible tells us in Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” Why should we doubt when we have this blessed assurance that there is a God who loves us unconditionally, is ready to forgive us of our sins and renew His mercies every morning.
As you pursue your daily activities, be encouraged that God becomes our personal bodyguard when we abide in His presence. God will not put us to shame because His love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. May God bless you today. May the hope of God fill you with all joy and peace as you continue to put your trust in Him. May you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. God bless you. In the video below, you are invited to come closer to hope.
Written by Gertrude Flynn-White #myvalleyxperience #beatingtheodds #inspiration #prayer #intercession