I shall always have hope

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As for me, I shall always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long – though I know not how to relate them all.  Psalm 71:14-15

Psalm 71 is an individual lament, a cry to God for protection and deliverance from enemies. The psalmist has a sure and certain hope in God – He is the rock, the refuge and the one who saves. God’s righteousness and total faithfulness are the grounds for hope. The psalmist leaves to God the timing of the answers to his prayers for deliverance. He is already praising God in anticipation of this deliverance!

What and example to us! How easily we can be distracted and dismayed when things are hard and we feels surrounded or overwhelmed. At times like these we can lift our eyes to God and praise him more and more in the sure hope of his ever-present grace. How much more joyful and fruitful the times of hardship could be…

Lord, thank you that your grace is more than enough for my every need today – please lift up my head if I start to look down. Help me and sustain me today – I will praise you because I know you will deliver me.

Amen

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The crooked made straight

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“…there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for 18 years. She was bent over and could not straighten herself. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.”  Luke 13:10-13

How beautiful and encouraging this Jesus sees this woman, and calls her to himself. She could not straighten herself, but one sentence from Jesus, and one touch of his hands, and she is healed. The woman is in the temple – in the house of God – and she has this unexpected encounter with Jesus, Immanuel! What an amazing picture of God’s grace.

Like this woman, we could not straighten our sinful selves. We needed Jesus to see us, to call us, and heal us. He is the one who has freed us from our sins. The crooked are made straight. Praise God!