Hope in the Psalms (Part 1)

Psalm 9:17-19 ESV – The wicked shall return to Sheol, all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever. Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail; let the nations be judged before you!

Psalm 33:16-22 ESV – The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
Psalm 39:6-8 ESV – Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather! “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. Deliver me from all my transgressions. Do not make me the scorn of the fool!
Today, we start in the Psalms as we continue our journey of hope through the Bible.  Obviously, each Psalm has its own context and much study should be conducted on each.  As I’m trying to keep these posts relatively brief, we’ll just be skimming the surface.


The author of Psalm 9 is King David, who dealt with his share of suffering and heartache.  I love how he says, “Let not man prevail.”  That’s the point of it, isn’t it?  That if man prevails, hope fails.  David knows that the source and supplier of hope is God, and he cries out to Him.  “Let the nations be judged!”  David wants justice as well as mercy, and only One can provide that.


Psalm 33 has a sort of progression – false hope – true hope – our hope.  The false hope is in the war horse, the weapon, the money, the power, the thing that will definitely fix the problem.  The war horse is our plans, our scheming, us.  The true hope is in God and His steadfast love.  Again we see the contrast of man and God.  Our hope is in Him.  The author pleads, let your steadfast love be upon us.  Save us, God!  We know you will.   Hope in man is failing; hope in God is conquering.


Psalm 39 continues the theme.  Man’s life is a shadow.  Nothing we acquire here is worth anything beyond our fleeting lives.  Yet our hope is in God.  Only He is everlasting; only He delivers; only He is worthy.


And so, as our weekly reminder – Hope in God!
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