Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. I remember Thee from the land of the Jordan. Psalm 42:5-6
Even if there are no rational grounds for it, man still continues to hope. Biblical hope is inseparable from faith in God. Because of what God has done in the past, because of what God has done through Christ, and because God has changed me, I dare to pray for future blessings that are, at present, invisible. (2 Corinthians. 1:10).
Lord, I want to pray like the one who wrote this Psalm. When his heart failed because He couldn’t see Your power, he stopped the cycle of despair. He preached to his own soul. He told himself to hope. My faith is not based on what I can see or perceive. Can I see into the heavens? Can I see the future? I am mortal and live in the moment. You are eternal and live in eternity.
The one who wrote this Psalm hopes in You as he remembers You from the land of Jordan. I follow his lead! My hope is in you. My expectation of You working all things for good is solid. My faith that You are aware and working behind the scenes may be tenuous but I strengthen the cord of my faith with the promises of Your Word. I remember what You have done for all my spiritual ancestors. You did not fail even one of them and You will not fail Your children in the midst of devastating news. You reign and You answer the prayers of the saints.
Lord, take me back to one time in our story when Your intervention and power overwhelmed me. Make my heart re-live the memory. “Remember and review,” You told the children of Israel. So, as I remember a piece of our story today, I see that I despaired for nothing. My faith in You was well founded. Every promise I hung on was true. Everything the enemy told me about You was a lie. Everything I worried about, You provided for. For every crisis of faith, there was a Word from You. I remember – and my despair is stilled. In Jesus’ name, Amen