Our Living Hope
Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord.
All around us the world is asking,” Why is this happening? Why must it end like this?”
As people are losing loved ones or are afraid this virus will come to them and their family, the Psalmist reminds us, “Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.”
We can put our trust in the government, the medical scientists and the NHS as they do their utmost to protect us and bring this situation under control and we should pray for them as they give everything to do so at this time.
However, we are reminded in this wonderful psalm that we cannot be saved by human beings or princes or governments as when their souls depart from this world, their plans will come to nothing.
With all the best effort and intentions, we cannot save ourselves which is why we are called to put our trust and hope in the Lord our God, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Even before this pandemic that we now face, people would wonder about prevailing darkness and evil, suicides, rising violence, increasing poverty, injustice and disease. Where is the world heading? Does it all end with this?
As followers of Christ we are stewards of the only message on the planet than can ease the aching hearts of lost people, what their hearts need most, which is a message of hope.
Hope that prayers will be answered, that sickness will be healed, that doors of opportunity will be opened, that wars will cease, rifts healed, relationships restored and lives saved.
It is a message of hope that we must live out and hold up for the world to see and in doing so show them that life doesn’t have to end like this – there is hope, hope for all who believe.
Will we be the beacon of light and hope that the world is looking for? When the world around us is hopeless will we show them hope? Will we show them the way to a forever faithful God who promises a different ending? A promise of eternal life and hope in the face of despair.
Perhaps meditate daily on this wonderful psalm, Psalm 146, and as we go about our business in these difficult times, whether at work, in the supermarket, online or on the phone, live in the hope promised us by our faithful, loving God and allow others to see a glimpse of what life can be like with our wonderful Saviour – a life full of hope and empty of fear.
Themed worship suggestions:
Our Living Hope - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l7lIisdyMk
God I look to You - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEubLmNPxwg