Hope in the Psalms (Part 5)

Psalm 130:5-7 – I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.  O Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.
Psalm 131  – A Song of Ascents. Of David. O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.  But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.  O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.
Psalm 146:5 – Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God,
Psalm 147:10-11 – His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.
In Psalm 130 and 131, David implores Israel to hope in God.  He’s waiting, he’s been suffering, but he has quieted his own soul.  How?  By hoping in God.
Psalm 146 and 147 give a reason: blessed are the people who hope in God, in his steadfast love.  “Blessed” means “oh, how happy.”  Here, the Psalmist says that happiness comes from hoping in God; trusting in Him.
How often do our souls cry out?  Sometimes it seems daily.  I tend to occupy myself with things that are too great for my little mind.  Things like “why God?”  “Where are You?”  “Why is life so hard sometimes?”  I need to take a cue from David and quiet my soul within me.
For me, and maybe you, it’s all about focus.  Am I focused on my circumstances, my failures, and this present, fallen world?  Or, am I focused on God.  The Creator, who says it will all be OK in the end.  Am I focused on me, the failure, or Christ, the victor?  He picks me up on His shoulders to share in His victory.  It is undeserved and unearned, but it is freely given.
Happiness comes from perspective.  Are we focused on this temporary shadow, or on Our Hope, the Ultimate Reality?
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