Hope and Joy in 2021

Psalm 13:1-6 CSB – 1 How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long will I store up anxious concerns within me, agony in my mind every day? How long will my enemy dominate me? 3 Consider me and answer, LORD my God. Restore brightness to my eyes; otherwise, I will sleep in death. 4 My enemy will say, “I have triumphed over him,” and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. 5 But I have trusted in your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in your deliverance. 6 I will sing to the LORD because he has treated me generously.

David is hard-pressed. He is smack-dab in the middle of tough circumstances. His reputation is at stake. He doesn’t see a way out. He cries out to God, but only hears silence.

“God, please, I just want a good day. I just need some hope. I’m not even asking for deliverance; just a dose of hope so I can proclaim that Your word is true, and that You are faithful.” Did you notice that David did not ask to be delivered from his circumstances? He asked for hope; he asked that he would not give his enemies cause to think that they had ‘won’ or that God was irrelevant.

And then the statement that declares that God has given him hope . . .

I have trusted in your faithful love — past tense, already settled

my heart will rejoice in your deliverance — looking with hope (expected certainty) to the future; even if physical deliverance does not come in this life, life eternal with God is a certainty

I will sing to the Lord because He has treated me generously — because of hope I can praise. Even when life is hard; even when God seems silent (though because of hope I know He is never ‘not there’); I am His child and he has (and will never stop) treated me generously

“You’re not necessarily grateful for the circumstance you’re in, but you’re grateful for the God who helps you get through that circumstance. You’re grateful for the God who gives you joy. — Elisabeth Elliot

How can I not have joy and gratitude! God is Immanuel (God with us); I am his child; He is sovereign.

3 thoughts on “Hope and Joy in 2021

  1. Love these reflections sweet friend! Especially when you pointed out “I have trusted in your faithful love” — past tense, already settled.

    I guess that’s the question for us (okay, me) today — is it settled? Have I fully settled that I HAVE TRUSTED Him? There are those times, just when I think it is settled, I find myself shaky. Perhaps David is reminding himself that it is settled and needs that reminder so that he can and will sing to the Lord. So, I’m reminding myself as well. Yes, I have trusted Him! It is settled!!

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