Hope Breeds Courage

12 10 2011

Wednesday October 13, 2011: Scripture Reading, Psalm 20:6-8; Psalm 33:13-22; Psalm 44:1-8

In all three of these Psalms we are challenged with the question: What is the object of your trust? In the twentieth psalm it says that some trust in chariots and horses. In the thirty third psalm it says that no man is saved by a mighty army or great strength. And in the forty fourth psalm the psalmist recounts how God alone has delivered the nation of Israel from trouble and fought for them.

The fact of the matter is that the eyes of God see the lives of His people. Even as we saw Sunday in Zechariah, the eyes of the Lord roam to and fro throughout the earth. He looks with favor on those who trust in Him. He fights for those who make Him the object of their faith. He delivers His people from their enemies (in Psalm 33 death and famine are listed among the enemies of God’s people). Among the benefits and blessings of trusting in the delivering power of God are these: 1) The hopeful soul waits upon the Lord (Ps. 33:20); and 2) Trusting in God breeds so much courage and confidence that we are able to cry out in praise to Him before He even delivers us from our current and future enemies (Ps. 44:4-8).

Where does this hope and confidence come from in the heart of God’s people? It comes first from knowing that the eyes of God are intimately upon us and that He cares about every detail in our lives (Ps. 33:13-15). Second, it comes from recounting all the ways in which God has delivered us in the past (Ps. 44:1-3).

What struggles or battles are you facing today that threaten your faith? How does the truth from Scripture that God sees everything in your life give you peace and comfort in today’s trials? Take some time today to recount some ways that God has come through for you in the past. Thank Him for those times and then thank Him for the victory He’s going to bring through present and future trials because you know He is faithful. Hope in Him today!

John Wesley said, “Give me a hundred men who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I will shake the world.” How do today’s truths from Scripture give you confidence to share the gospel today as you live in mission partnership with God? Let the hope of Christ embolden your courage today!

PRAY: “Oh, do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers to be equal to your tasks.”


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