Hope is one of those words which means one thing according to the Bible, but seems to mean something very different to the world. The world uses the word hope loosely, almost synonymous with “a wish.” As in, I’m hoping for a new pair of boots for Christmas. Or I’m hoping for world peace, or a million dollars, or 70 degree weather all the time. But when the word hope is used in the Bible? There is a depth and strength to it that is missing in the worldly use of the word. Biblical hope isn’t whimsical or insubstantial like a wish. Biblical hope has substance, a groundedness, a center and a reason. When the word hope is used in the Bible, it refers to a confidence that people have in the Lord. King David expresses this kind of hope in Psalm 27. “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
That is hope.
And again in Psalm 33 (verse 20), “We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.” And in Psalm 52 (verse 9), “For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.” And in Psalm 71 (verse 5), “For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you.”
Which version of hope do you have today? Does hope feel a little weak or flimsy, maybe even futile? Do you find yourself wishing for God’s guidance or provision, rather than believing He will give it to you? Meditate on these scriptures and let your hope flex its muscles today. God’s promises are as good as if they have already happened.
(This song is taken straight from Psalm 27, where David says, "I will remain confident in this: I will see the goodness of the Lord." I should say David sings - as the Psalms were written as songs of worship. It's wild to me to think that a man wrote these words to the Lord THOUSANDS of years ago and that we gather and sing them in our churches today. Talk about anthems of the faith! I wonder what David would think if he knew we were singing his songs. At any rate...
The bridge to this song is one of my favorite proclamations; one of my favorite things to shout to God in worship. I find myself singing it and humming it often these days. We set our hope on You! We set our hope on your love!)
“The Lord is my light and salvation, whom shall I fear? Whom shall I be afraid? The Lord is my light and salvation, whom shall I fear? Whom shall I be afraid?
I will wait for You, I will wait for You.
I will remain confident in this, I will see the goodness of the Lord. I will remain confident in this, I will see the goodness of the Lord.
We set our hope on You, we set our hope on Your love, We set our hope on the One who is the everlasting God, You are the everlasting God, You are the Everlasting!
We set our hope on You, we set our hope on Your love, We set our hope on the One who is the everlasting God, You are the everlasting God, You are the Everlasting God!” [“Everlasting God,” Fellowship Church]