The Reason to Hope

Posted: December 8, 2011 in Psalms

Psalms 42-45, “The Reason to Hope”

What does your prayer life look like when you get overwhelmed & depressed?  Do you run from God – do you blame God – do you pray at all?  We can experience so many variety of responses, all depending upon the type of trial we’re going through at the time.  As Book 2 of the Psalms opens, it opens with the writers going through this kind of depression.  We’re not told the specific instances of the trials, but they feel forgotten & abandoned by God & all the writers can do is simply cast themselves at God’s feet.  They’re honest, if not always theologically accurate – praise God that He recorded honest feelings and emotions in the Bible.  Without it, we may think we’re somehow “inadequate Christians” as we struggle in depression and trials.

In Psalms 42-44, it may seem at times as if God has forgotten us in our questions.  Yet Psalm 45 reminds us that God has already provided the answer in Christ Jesus!

Psalm 42 (NKJV) – Hoping to Hope in God
To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the Sons of Korah.

  • Book 1 of the Psalms were characterized by a few things, not the least David being the primary author of the writings.  David will certainly have more songs to sing, but Book 2 tends to diversify a bit more, and we’re introduced to the Sons of Korah.  Translations differ whether or not these were psalms written for the Sons of Korah to perform, or if the Sons of Korah were actually the authors.  Either way, the family history here is extremely interesting!  The most famous Korah (and likely the person intended here) was the head of a Levite family who saw himself in competition with Moses & Aaron.  Instead of being satisfied with the ministry God had ordained for him, he wanted to supplant Aaron as the priest.  A test was performed to determine whom God had chosen (Aaron’s rod budded), and the earth opened up & swallowed Korah & his family whole (Num 16).  Some descendants of Korah did not die at the time (Num 26:11), and apparently they went on to serve in their appointed role.  Fast forward to the book of Psalms, and we have 11 psalms attributed in some way to “the sons of Korah.”  What a glorious picture of redemption & grace!  The forefather may have sinned against the Lord, but it didn’t mean the descendants needed to follow in his footsteps.  They chose to rejoice in what the Lord gave them, and they ended up having a wonderful ministry!
  • The need for God (vss. 1-4)

1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.

  • Sometimes we get the idea here of a deer in a picturesque forest gently sipping at a bubbling brook.  From the context, that’s not what the psalmist had in mind.  The writer envisions a desperate thirst, as a deer caught in the middle of a drought longs for some form of water, so does the psalmist’s soul long after the refreshment of the living water of God.  To him, this isn’t convenience; this is necessity.
  • Interestingly enough, many people treat their faith as one of convenience rather than necessity.  “It’s ok for Jesus to be Lord as long as I’m receiving all the blessings I think I’m entitled to, but the minute a drought comes into my life, all bets are off!”  If that’s the way we think, we’ve got it entirely backwards.  We’re to thirst for God in blessing AND in brokenness.
    • The good news is that Jesus promises to quench the thirst of all those who come to Him in faith!  As He told the Samaritan woman at the well, He has living water, and those who drink of Him will never thirst again!

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”

  • Whatever trial the psalmist faced, it was bad enough for his enemies to taunt him regarding his faith.  “You claim to serve God – where is He now?  Doesn’t He see?  Doesn’t He care?”  As much as it pained the psalmist to hear, he knows that he serves the “living God.”  The answer may not have been easily seen or received, but there was no doubt that God heard.  Our God is alive & He hears the prayers of His people.
  • Never forget you serve the living God!

4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

  • This is the way things used to be.  There was a time when the psalmist led multitudes in worship & things were good.  He longs for that time again when he would openly praise God.
  • Don’t stop praising God.  For whatever reason, the psalmist seemed to have stopped & that was his 1st mistake.  Whether he was surrounded people that worshipped God or he was around people who made fun of his faith, it should have made no difference.  We are to be intentional with our praise.
  • Refrain (vs 5)

5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.

  • The psalmist knows he’s made a mistake & rebukes himself for leading himself into depression.  There’s no need to be “cast down” – there’s no reason for him to be depressed.  Despite the trials & taunts around him, he can still “hope in God.
  • Although saving faith is a gift of God (Eph 2:8-9), faith can also be a choice as well.  The psalmist has the ability to choose to hope – to choose to exercise faith in the living God.  There will still be a reason to praise God down the line – but in the meantime, the psalmist needed to remind himself to hope in God NOW & keep hoping, no matter what.
    • Choose to hope in God when things seem hopeless.
  • God’s presence & promise (vss. 6-8)

6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me; Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, And from the heights of Hermon, From the Hill Mizar.

  • Notice the “therefore.”  The psalmist’s soul is cast down, and it is for THAT reason that he will be intentional in his praise & remembrance of God.  No matter where he’s at in the land, the psalmist will remember God in every city & every corner.
  • One of the best ways to combat depression is with praise.  Be intentional about it!

7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. 8 The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.

  • The psalmist may seem overwhelmed, but even in his trial he knows that God is in control and that God will act according to His covenant promises & mercy.  The psalmist paints a picture of waters flooding over him – waters seemingly allowed by the Lord God.  Yet the Lord still commands His mercies, and is still worthy of praise.
  • God’s present absence? (vss. 9-10)

9 I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” 10 As with a breaking of my bones, My enemies reproach me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

  • Again, the psalmist returns to his lament.  His enemies surround and taunt him, and he feels utterly abandoned by the Lord.
  • Had God forgotten him?  Absolutely not.  Even the psalmist recognizes this (per vs. 8’s reference to “lovingkindness”).  Yet it felt like God had forgotten him in his circumstances.  When surrounded by his enemies, it was difficult for him to see the promises and presence of God.
    • Beware of letting circumstances dictate your faith.  Our faith is founded upon the sure work & person of Jesus Christ, and informed by the written word of God.  Our circumstances may vary, but Jesus & the Scripture never change!
  • Refrain (vs. 11)

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

  • Again, the psalmist reminds himself to hope in God.  God alone is whom he can trust in these times, and his eyes needed to be fixed upon his Savior.
  • Interesting contrast in vss. 5 & 11 in the NKJV & KJV (other translations treat this differently).  Verse 5 is “His countenance”; verse 11 is “my countenance.”  Early in the psalm, the author desires God to look upon him; later he understands that he is the one that needs to loop to God.  God never stops looking at us.  We’re the ones who walk away; not God.

 

Psalm 43 (NKJV) – Hoping to Hope in God, part 2

  • Many scholars believe that Psalms 42 & 43 were originally one composition.  They share the same theme & some duplicate language.  In addition, Ps 43 is one of the only songs in Book 2 that doesn’t have some sort of individual title or byline.  Probably best to think of it as an additional verse, even if it was added at a later date.
  • Prayer for help (vss. 1-2)

1 Vindicate me, O God, And plead my cause against an ungodly nation; Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!

  • Be my judge. “Vindicate me.
  • Be my advocate. “Plead my cause.
  • Be my defense. “Deliver me.

2 For You are the God of my strength; Why do You cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

  • In faith, the psalmist declares that God is his God – but as in Psalm 42, he feels forgotten and alone because of his trials.
  • Trials might make us feel alone, but we need to remember that Jesus’ promises far outweigh our feelings.  Jesus has promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Heb 13:5).  He has sent the Holy Spirit to dwell with us & in us & Jesus will not leave us as orphans (John 14:17-18).  We can be sure that we are not cast off by our loving God!  True, there may be times in which our fellowship & intimacy with the Lord seems broken (due to sin or other reasons), but God does not leave us!
  • Promise of praise (vss. 3-4)

3 Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle. 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And on the harp I will praise You, O God, my God.

  • The psalmist knows what he needs – he needs to get back to the worship of God!  His trials have distracted him from the Lord, and he needs to go back to the One that he knows is his “exceeding joy.”  When he does, he will praise the Lord.
  • How is he going to do it?  By relying upon the Lord’s light & truth.  Two ways of looking at this:
    • The word of God.  The Scripture is light: it’s a lamp to our feet & a light unto our paths (Ps 119:105).  The Scripture is truth: Jesus prayed that we would be sanctified by the truth, which is the word of God (John 17:17).
    • The Son of God.  Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12).  Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).
    • When we cast ourselves upon the Lord Jesus in prayer – when we spend time in the Bible soaking up the word of God, we cannot help but have our joy & worship of the Lord restored!
  • Refrain (vs. 5)

5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

  • Picks up the same chorus as Ps 42.  As then, there’s no reason for the psalmist to remain in his spiritual depression.  God has not forgotten him; he needs but to look to God & intentionally place his hope in his Lord & King.

 

Psalm 44 (NKJV) – The Depression of Discipline
To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation Of the Sons of Korah.

  • God’s historic work in the nation (vss. 1-3)

1 We have heard with our ears, O God, Our fathers have told us, The deeds You did in their days, In days of old: 2 You drove out the nations with Your hand, But them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out. 3 For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, Nor did their own arm save them; But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, Because You favored them.

  • Talking about the conquest with Joshua.  God had promised to give the land of Canaan to the Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and that’s exactly what God did.  Other nations were there, but God uprooted them & planted His own people.  God gave them vineyards they didn’t plant & houses they didn’t build ().  God was the One that went before them in battle, giving them victory when they followed Him obediently (Jericho) and defeat if they disobeyed the covenant (Ai).
  • The point is clear.  When it came to the land, the nation of Israel didn’t earn a single thing.  It was a gift of God’s grace.  It was “because You [God] favored them.”  So important to remember!  The psalmist is going to come back with some complaints of injustice, but at least he remembers that what the nation received was a gift of grace from the Lord.  It helps keep his petitions in perspective.
    • Likewise with us when we come to the Lord in prayer.  We dare not make demands upon our King.  God is our Heavenly Father who loves us & has showered us with His grace through Jesus Christ.  Thus when we come to His throne in prayer, we come boldly under invitation, yet still humbly in reverence.
    • Every blessing we have from the Lord is a gift of His grace!
  • God’s past work in battle (vss. 4-8)

4 You are my King, O God; Command victories for Jacob.

  • There’s not only a historic relationship between God & Israel, there is a present personal one as well between God and the psalmist.  “You are my King, O God.”  It’s one thing for the psalmist to recognize what God had done with his forefathers; it’s another to recognize what God was doing with him in his own life.
  • Can you join with the psalmist in the same words?  Is the Lord Jesus YOUR King?

5 Through You we will push down our enemies; Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us. 6 For I will not trust in my bow, Nor shall my sword save me. 7 But You have saved us from our enemies, And have put to shame those who hated us. 8 In God we boast all day long, And praise Your name forever. Selah

  • Just as in times past, the psalmist understands that God has the ability to fight for the nation in battle today, just as much as God fought for their forefathers.  The psalmist isn’t going to put his hope in his own abilities; he puts his hope in the Lord.
  • God’s current acts of discipline (vss. 9-16)

9 But You have cast us off and put us to shame, And You do not go out with our armies. 10 You make us turn back from the enemy, And those who hate us have taken spoil for themselves.

  • Big change here as the psalmist turns from God’s deliverance to God’s discipline.  The psalmist had declared that God had delivered the nation in the past, but for some reason now God seems to have cast off the nation & allowed them to face defeat & humiliation.
  • Yet as in the original conquest of the promised land, we need to look back at the situation.  The nation of Israel had a very clear covenant with God.  If they obeyed God, God would bless them.  If they disobeyed God, then God would remove His protection.  Although the psalmist is going to argue otherwise, there’s simply no other reason why God would have allowed the nation to go through their defeats.
  • Keep in mind that the Church has a different covenant with God through Jesus Christ than what the nation of Israel had via Moses.  Our relationship with God & the blessings we have from Him are not based upon our own obedience/disobedience; it’s based upon Jesus’ righteousness & grace.  Because God sees us in Christ, He sees us as righteous – and that’s a covenant than will not be broken or taken away.  Our relationship with God will be hindered through our sin, but our ultimate salvation will not.  Even here, Israel’s covenant had not been annulled; it was being perfectly fulfilled as God allowed the nation to experience the discipline they required due to their sin.  Yet God always left a remnant, and the people would eventually be restored.

11 You have given us up like sheep intended for food, And have scattered us among the nations.
12 You sell Your people for next to nothing, And are not enriched by selling them. 13 You make us a reproach to our neighbors, A scorn and a derision to those all around us. 14 You make us a byword among the nations, A shaking of the head among the peoples.

  • Description of the humiliation & the defeat the nation endured.  Truly they were scattered among the nations.  First by the Assyrians & the Babylonians (which is what this is likely in reference to), and then by the Romans.  Yet God is always good to His promises – He will restore the people to the land (as has already begun in the modern nation of Israel), and every single one of God’s promises will come true when the Jews finally have the scales removed from their eyes & they recognize Jesus as Messiah.
  • Notice that the nation had become a “byword” among the rest of the world.  God had intended for them to be witness to the world of the One True God – but because they had cast off God through their sin, they became a reproach instead.
    • Sadly this can happen with Christians as well.  God’s intent for us is to be a witness to the world – but many times our sin can destroy our testimony, and we become a reason for scorn instead.

15 My dishonor is continually before me, And the shame of my face has covered me, 16 Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, Because of the enemy and the avenger.

  • There’s not only national shame, but there’s personal shame.  Whoever the author is, he has personally experienced the reproach of the discipline of the Lord.
  • Protest of innocence (vss. 17-22)

17 All this has come upon us; But we have not forgotten You, Nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant. 18 Our heart has not turned back, Nor have our steps departed from Your way; 19 But You have severely broken us in the place of jackals, And covered us with the shadow of death.

  • The author protests that the nation didn’t deserve this kind of discipline, whatever it was.  Yet is he correct?  Keep in mind that the Scripture is always 100% accurate – even when recording the failings of the writers.  There were things that Job’s so-called “friends” stated about God that were absolutely false – yet the Bible accurately recorded their words.  It’s likely a similar situation here.  The nation of Israel had a specific covenant that promised that God would protect & bless the people in the land if they were obedient, or take the nation out of the land if they were disobedient (Deut 28:64).  God had been faithful to warn the nation through prophet after prophet what was going to happen, but the people continued in their rebellion & apostasy & God acted in His righteous justice.
  • So why does the author protest their innocence?  The same reason we do when our hands get slapped: we don’t like to admit otherwise.  It’s a painful thing to admit our own sin – but it’s when we confess that healing and forgiveness can come!
  • All this said, there are times that life seems truly unfair.  And from the psalmist’s perspective, it seemed that God had allowed some things to happen to the nation that were not right.  Whatever our individual circumstances are, we can be sure that God has not wronged us because God can do no wrong.  He is righteous in all His ways.  When we encounter what we think to be injustice (as Job did in his trials), that ought to turn us to God.  To the psalmist’s credit, that’s exactly what happens here.  Instead of running away from God, the psalmist appeals to God for help.

20 If we had forgotten the name of our God, Or stretched out our hands to a foreign god, 21 Would not God search this out? For He knows the secrets of the heart. 22 Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

  • God is absolutely omniscient, so God is aware of any and all of our sins.  In the case of Israel & Judah, there’s no doubt that the nations did indeed stretch out their hands to a foreign god, though the author protests that wasn’t the case this particular time.  He insists upon their innocence & says it is God’s fault that people in the nation were suffering and dying.
  • Where the psalmist was making excuses, God actually used these words in a righteous way when Paul wrote to the Romans about persecution & the love of God for His people. Romans 8:35–39, "(35) Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36) As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” (37) Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (38) For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, (39) nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." []  When it feels as if God has abandoned us or forgotten us, we can be assured that He has not!  Nothing can separate us from His love – we are more than conquerors in His name because we have been saved by the Lord Jesus Christ & sealed with God the Holy Spirit!
  • Plea for help (vss. 23-26)

23 Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord? Arise! Do not cast us off forever. 24 Why do You hide Your face, And forget our affliction and our oppression? 25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust; Our body clings to the ground. 26 Arise for our help, And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.

  • Was God asleep?  Had God forgotten?  Of course not.  But it felt like He had when the nation was being afflicted.  They suffered harshly, and in their despair they accused God of laziness.  Yet our God is NOT lazy!  He moves in mighty ways, and there’s no greater proof of it than the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!
  • The very last line of the psalm is really the essence of the psalmist’s prayer.  Despite his thoughts of abandonment & personal innocence (much of what is simply honest emotion rather than theological fact), in the end the psalmist realizes that what the nation needs is redemption, and the only way they can receive it is based upon the mercy (covenantal love) of God.
    • What a wonderful arrow pointing straight to the Messiah!  The Lord Jesus DOES redeem us through His blood.  And the reason He did so was because of the covenantal promises of God.

 

Psalm 45 (NKJV) – The Promised Messiah
To the Chief Musician. Set to Contemplation of the Sons of Korah. A Song of Love.

  • This is a song of love because it’s a wedding song & many different thoughts have been proposed as to which wedding it refers to.  Some suggest David or Solomon – but it can only really point to Jesus Christ.  There is certainly a sense in which Solomon could have been one of the thoughts behind the writing of the psalm, but there’s only one King of Israel who is called God (vs 6) & one King of Israel who can be rightly worshipped (vs 11).
  • Intro (vs. 1)

1 My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

  • Ever get to the point where you just can’t wait to praise the Lord?  That’s where the psalmist was…just bursting at the seams!
  • The glory and power of the King (vss. 2-9)

2 You are fairer than the sons of men; Grace is poured upon Your lips; Therefore God has blessed You forever.

  • As the psalmist prophetically looked upon Christ, he calls Jesus beautiful in sight & beautiful in speech.  Of course the Bible tells us that there was no remarkable visible beauty about Jesus that we should desire Him (Isa 53:2), so what is the psalmist speaking of?  Jesus’ character.  Jesus’ majesty, power, and righteousness made Him beautiful & worthy of praise.
  • For how long has God blessed Jesus?  Forever.  And ever…and ever… J  Of His reign & His kingdom, there will be no end.

3 Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, With Your glory and Your majesty. 4 And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; And Your right hand shall teach You awesome things. 5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King’s enemies; The peoples fall under You.

  • Messiah is a warrior.  Comes back with a sword in His mouth to judge.
  • Messiah is righteous.  Everything about Him is righteous.  He was humble in His 1st advent; He will be a warrior in His 2nd advent.
  • Messiah is victorious.  Not only will Jesus be victorious over His enemies at His 2nd coming – not only will He be forever victorious over the Devil when Satan is chained & then later tossed into the lake of fire – Jesus is victorious NOW.  He’s already defeated death & taken the sting away from the grave!

6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

  • Talking about the kingdom & reign of Messiah.  Jesus’ reign will be righteous, and He has the right to rule forever & ever.  God has anointed Jesus as the King & (contextually) has also anointed Jesus for His coming wedding.
  • Don’t miss the theology here.  There is an explicit statement here that the Messiah is God (the context has not changed at all from the King as the Mighty One).  There is also an explicit statement that God the Messiah submits to God the Father. “God, Your God.”  Talking about the relationship within the Trinity.  Jesus is God, but He still willingly serves God within the Divine order.
    • Lest there be any doubt this is a specific reference to Christ, the author of Hebrews clears it up for us when he quote this verse.  Hebrews 1:8–9, "(8) But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. (9) You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”" []

8 All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad. 9 Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.

  • Reference to the preparation of the wedding.  Jesus had been anointed by Mary Magdalene for His burial, but He is also to be anointed for His wedding.  The imagery here would be taken from the weddings of the other kings of Israel – perhaps even one of Solomon’s.
  • The “king’s daughters” is a reference to the blessings of being a king.  The king received privileges no one else did.  Prophetically regarding Christ, it seems to be a reference to the fact that all the earth will serve Him during His literal millennial reign.  Kingdoms from around the world will pay homage to Christ & serve Him as the King of kings.
  • The blessings of the Bride (vss. 10-15)

10 Listen, O daughter, Consider and incline your ear; Forget your own people also, and your father’s house; 11 So the King will greatly desire your beauty; Because He is your Lord, worship Him.

  • Notice the King of Israel has a Gentile bride.  Talking about the Church!
  • Is the Church beautiful?  Not of ourselves, but certainly through the work & grace of our Lord Jesus.  Jesus washes us by water & by the word, presenting us back to Himself spotless & glorious (Eph 5:26-27).
  • Jesus is worthy of worship from His bride!  If for no other reason, simply “because He is your Lord, worship Him!

12 And the daughter of Tyre will come with a gift; The rich among the people will seek your favor. 13 The royal daughter is all glorious within the palace; Her clothing is woven with gold. 14 She shall be brought to the King in robes of many colors; The virgins, her companions who follow her, shall be brought to You. 15 With gladness and rejoicing they shall be brought; They shall enter the King’s palace.

  • The beauty of the bride is described.  The Church is clothed with the righteousness of Christ & it’s a glorious thing.  Just as everything the bride had was a gift received from her bridegroom the king, so everything the Church has (every way in which we’re clothed) is a gift from our King.
  • Others glorify the King because of the testimony of the bride – likewise for the Church in the Great Commission.
  • God speaks to Messiah (vss. 16-17)

16 Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons, Whom You shall make princes in all the earth. 17 I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever.

  • The subject turns back to the King (because He is the one to be praised & His name remembered) & the speaker seems to be God Himself (“I will make Your name…”).  Speaking of the blessings that God the Father bestows on God the Son.  God gives an eternal posterity to Jesus, and every knee will bow & every tongue confess that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!

Conclusion:
Book 2 starts with despair in Ps 42-44, but gives a wonderful reason to hope in Ps 45.  Will there be times we despair & feel abandoned?  Yes.  What to do?  Hope in God!  And the best part is that we have a wonderful reason to hope in God: the Lord Jesus Christ!  When we feel overwhelmed by trials, we remember that Jesus is the victor.  When we are mocked by our enemies, we remember that Jesus beautifies His bride.  When we fall in sin in a spiritual battle, we remember that Jesus is the glorious victorious warrior-King!

Do you need a reason to hope in God tonight?  Do you feel overwhelmed?  Those who have trusted Christ as their Savior and Lord need only look to our Bridegroom.  HE is our reason to hope!

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