The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of December 11, 2017
"In His Word I Hope." Psalm 130:5-6, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; 6 my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.”
Beloved, there is a difference between worldly hope and Biblical hope. Worldly hope has been described as wishful thinking, as in “I hope something will happen.” This is not Biblical hope. Biblical hope is a “confident expectation and desire for something good in the future.” Hope is a firm assurance regarding things that are unclear and unknown. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
The Hope in Psalm 130 is a hope in God’s Word for the redemption of Israel. The Psalmist speaks of mercy and forgiveness and redemption as he hopes in God’s Word. Beloved, we too must run to the Word of God for hope. We must learn to place our hope in God’s promises.
Thus, biblical hope not only desires something good for the future; it expects it to happen. And it not only expects it to happen; it is confident that it will happen. There is a moral certainty that the good we expect and desire will be done.
Hebrews 6:9-12 speaks of this hope: “Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. 10 For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. 11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
Beloved, whatever difficulty you may be enduring, remember to run to God’s Word and place your confident expectation (hope) that the Lord will keep His Word!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
Hoping In His Word,