Friday, June 4, 2010

Is there any hope?

Psalm 3
A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom.
1 O LORD, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!
2 Many are saying of me,
"God will not deliver him."
Selah [a]

3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD;
you bestow glory on me and lift [b] up my head.

4 To the LORD I cry aloud,
and he answers me from his holy hill.

5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

6 I will not fear the tens of thousands
drawn up against me on every side.

7 Arise, O LORD!
Deliver me, O my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.

8 From the LORD comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people.

Is there any hope?
That's the question we all ask. In a turbulent world, full of difficulties, depression, discouragement we want to know if there is any hope. We may feel overwhelmed by the financial or material or economic situations we are in. We feel helpless by the moral difficulties that face us in this time, of being moral in the midst of so much immorality. . Perhaps we are concerned for our kids, or our parents, or some other loved one who has lost their way. There is plenty to worry about today. So we ask "is there any hope?"

If you feel that way then Psalm 3 is for you. It was written by King David, at a time when his whole life had been turned upside down. It articulates for us the concerns of our hearts before the Lord, and leads us to greater trust in God.

The psalm ends on a note of supreme confidence, and ends by including all people, not just David. In the Jewish way of thinking victory could only come if God fought, because human strength was never enough. So David is calling upon God to win this battle for him.

So, who do we call upon to help us fight the battles of our daily lives? Who do we call when we feel that we cannot fight the battles any longer? Who do we call when we are faced with death and darkness, loss and hopelessness? Who will be there for us? Just as David recognized that his strength was in God, so must we. We must trust that God will not abandon us to face our despair alone. If we ask God, God will sustain us through our trials and tribulations. God will be there even though all others desert us. We can have faith in God when we have lost faith in the world; we can trust God when all others seem untrustworthy. We can depend upon God's love when we feel the world has turned against us.

Is there any hope?
Absolutely! Our hope is in God!

Peace and love,


"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

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