“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore, my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” Psalm 16:9 (KJV)
“In the Old Testament hope is expressed by several different words meaning ‘safety, security, trust,’” 2
We sing several gospel songs about hope. One that comes to mind is, “My Hope is in You, LORD.” We have hymns of the church that tell us about hope. One line in the hymn ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness” stands out to me; “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”
Back in 1999, I took on a short-term job, to oversee a daycare during a large church general conference held in our town. Part of my work was planning ahead of time. One thing that concerned me was I did not know how many to plan for. The parents did not pre-register their children. This inaction frustrated me. I had no way of knowing how many children we would have.
The day before the conference began, I received a phone call from a person who worked at headquarters and had spoken at our church a couple of years earlier. The young woman ended our conversation with the words from “Great is thy Faithfulness,” ‘Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.’ I never forgot those words. A few years ago, I made a sign for the wall of my writing room, using that phrase.
In our 21st Century world, we need hope. People lose hope and do serious deeds that either cease or change their lives or end or alter the lives of others. We need to learn how to handle our frustrations, rages, and our hurts. We should learn to listen to those who confide in us about their heartaches.
We need to believe what we read in our Bibles and live it out before our families, friends, and neighbors. We need to learn scripture and apply it to our daily lives. Then, I believe we will show hope to our hurting world.