He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:20
Hope In The Lord
Text: Psalm 39:7 IBCWPM July 19, 2006
Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar
Our life on earth is so short and is compared to a journey which is filled with excitements, surprises, troubles and uncertainties. It is also a message-giving journey because of the inevitable presence of instructive failures and successes of life along the course.
Psalm Chapter 39 is an interesting and substantial psalm written by David that could touch our awareness concerning our short and fragile life. It’s a prayer of self-understanding and an in-depth study of its verses will surely help us to understand the frailty of man and his desperate need for divine help. Obviously, the psalmist perceived his wretchedness and realized that no man could help him out from his uncertain state of life, but God alone.
In Psalm 39:7, it is written, And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. (KJV) What an inspiring expression of longing and faith in the Lord. With its soul-stirring effect, the above passage could gently lead hopeless people to come to the Living God for ultimate refuge.
The sad faces of countless people from all walks of life remind us of the undeniable presence of hopelessness in this present life. But we praise God for His hope-giving Word which could really comfort and strengthen us anytime and anywhere, most especially during our darkest hour. Whatever state of life we are in, our hope in the Lord will never lead us to disappointment. In Jeremiah 17:7-8, it is written, Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (KJV)
As we see more people living in fears and insecurities, may we not be influenced by their indifferent attitude toward the Word of God, but stand firm in the Lord at all times. May our life in Christ become a hope-giving testimony that will lead others to put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.
(I) While We Live In This Present World
-Before the presence of wicked people
In Psalm 39:1-2, it is written, I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me. I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred. (KJV) The annoying presence of wicked people will not vanish throughout our stay on this planet earth, but we praise God because through His counsels and abiding presence, we have the peace that the world cannot afford to give.
-As we meditate about our present life
Pondering mind-stirring things like shortness of life and wretchedness of man may trigger man’s anxiety which could lead him to dangerous depression; but by meditating the hope-giving Word of God, man could find solace and be revived wonderfully.
In Psalm 39:3-6, it is written, My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue, LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. (KJV) These passages tell us that God could use dark moments in life to touch our awareness concerning man’s life filled with vanity and pride. It could also ignite our spiritual desire to draw closer to God so we may find comfort under His wings. Hope in the Lord and feel the warmth of God’s abiding presence.
-As we acknowledge our sins
One important thing that we could learn from the life of David is his honesty, tenderness of heart, humility to recognize and acknowledge his transgression. In Psalm 39:8-11, David said, “Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish. I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it. Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand. When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.” (KJV) These verses reveal that sin has unpleasant consequences that could be sadly experienced by its victim. We thank God for 1 John 1:8-9, which says, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (KJV) How sad because many times we easily fall into sin, but praise God because He gives us hope and He is ever faithful to lift us up.
-As we pray and plead before the Lord
When times become life-squeezing, true believers are uniquely distinguished from unbelievers because of their notable humility and fervent prayers to God. When unbelievers’ hope disappears, the believers’ hope in the Lord shines brilliantly. In Psalm 39:12, it is written, Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were. (KJV) A hopeful believer is also a prayerful believer.
-As we journey in the course of life
Our hope in the Lord is not a false hope, but a reliable hope and with certainty. The Lord Jesus Christ is the object of true hope and our hope in Him will never usher us to disgrace. David put his trust in the Lord because he knew that his Lord is a prayer-hearing and a prayer answering God. In Psalm 38:15, David said, “For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.” (KJV) What an assurance we have if we truly trust the Lord.
In Psalm 39:13, it is written, O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more. (KJV) As we journey in the course of life, we should not be dismayed by the negative things we see in this darkened world, but walk by faith and stay prayerful. Keep in mind, our hope is in the Lord.
In just a few moments, our life’s journey will soon be over. Keep on trusting the Lord! He is our strength and hope. Isaiah 40:30-31 is written for our encouragement, and it says, “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (KJV)