hope. a synonym for expectation.
a song has been on repeat in my world lately. the words pack a punch that is sure to knock even the burliest of men to their knees in worship.
“let hope rise. and darkness tremble in Your holy light. that every eye would see Jesus our God, great and mighty to be praised. so let hope rise…”
it goes on to say. “God of all days, glorious in all of your ways.”
this song has stirred something in me. deep in the recesses of my heart it has awakened hope. expectation. in Him. proverbs 13:12 says “hope deferred makes the heart sick”. misplaced expectations make the heart sick. why? because that thing will never be able to deliver what you imagine. that person will let you down. your kids will misbehave. your parents won’t always know how to love you well. your job isn’t always as secure as you think it is. all of these things can never bear the weight we put on them. we will simply crush them. and, in the end, ourselves.
there is only one constant. one never failing. one never giving up. one always true. one more beautiful, more worthy, more valuable, more lovely, more safe than anything in this world we could put our hope, our expectation, in. and the thing is…he never disappoints.
hope has never come easy for me. ever. some people tend to swing more to that end of the pendulum. me? i swing the complete opposite direction. despair. every now and then there would be bursts of hope. of anticipation. but i pretty much hung out with despair and fear. “don’t expect too much, you’ll just get let down, your feelings hurt, disappointment.
so today, i am working on letting hope rise. reminding my soul to hope in God.
“let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:22
“and now, O Lord, for what do i wait? my hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7
“why are you cast down, o my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? hope in God; for i shall again praise him, my salvation!” Psalm 42:5, 42:11, 43:5
“for God alone, o my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is in Him” Psalm 62:5
“by awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas” Psalm 65:5
“but i will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more” Psalm 71:14
“remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope” Psalm 119:49
“the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love.” Psalm 147:11
may the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may ABOUND in HOPE
when we hope in Him, the God of HOPE…we can abound in it. we can expect great things from Him. He is great and mighty to be praised. Jesus, our God. the reason we have this hope.
so here’s to expectations. here’s to the God of all hope.