Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Where do I put my hope?

Psalm 39:6-11 NLT

[6] We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.

[7] And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.

[8] Rescue me from my rebellion. Do not let fools mock me.

[9] I am silent before you; I won’t say a word, for my punishment is from you.

[10] But please stop striking me! I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.

[11] When you discipline us for our sins, you consume like a moth what is precious to us. Each of us is but a breath.

Reflection . . .

Whether we store up treasures and wealth or put our hope in the things and life this world can offer, or whether we are disciplined in consequence for our sins, we will always face the question: Where do I put my hope?

The Psalmist’s response? My only hope is in you! Our only real hope is in the Lord!

We’ve seen first hand from our most recent experiences with the pandemic, government powerlessness and desire to have all the power, the results and responses to war, injustices, environmental concerns, and personal failures . . . that we cannot put our hope in anything this world has to offer. Our only hope is in the Lord, maker of heaven and earth.

Let’s pray the words of Psalm 121 as we lift our gaze to the One who is our only hope . . .

I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

Psalm 121:1-8 NLT

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