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May 10, 2020

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Text: 1 Chronicles 28 – 2 Chronicles 1
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Psalm 130 (ESV)

A Song of Ascents.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
    O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
    to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
    O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    that you may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen for the morning,
    more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
    from all his iniquities.

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Out of the Depths

    Today's psalm provides great comfort for anyone who cries out to the Lord out of the depths of pain, sorrow, misery, regret, depression, guilt over sin, persecution, poor health, or other afflictions which plague our lives. 

    Only in the Lord is there comfort
    Only in the Lord is there mercy
    Only in the Lord is there hope

    Psalm 46:1-3 says…

    "God is our refuge and strength,
        a very present help in trouble.
    2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
        though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
    3 though its waters roar and foam,
        though the mountains tremble at its swelling."

    Without the Lord, people turn to all kinds of things for comfort. But for those who have the Lord, He is our refuge and strength in times of trouble. We can turn to Him, cry out to Him.

    And while we wait? Psalm 130:5 says…

    "I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
        and in his word I hope."

    Isaiah 55:1-9 says…

    “Come, everyone who thirsts,
        come to the waters;
    and he who has no money,
        come, buy and eat!
    Come, buy wine and milk
        without money and without price.
    2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
        and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
    Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
        and delight yourselves in rich food.
    3 Incline your ear, and come to me;
        hear, that your soul may live;
    and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
        my steadfast, sure love for David.
    4 Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
        a leader and commander for the peoples.
    5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
        and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,
    because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
        for he has glorified you.

    6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found;
        call upon him while he is near;
    7 let the wicked forsake his way,
        and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
    let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
        and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
    8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
        neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
    9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
        so are my ways higher than your ways
        and my thoughts than your thoughts."

    Friend, don't turn to earthly things to try and satisfy spiritual ailments.

    Seek the Lord while He may be found!

    ~ Puritan Prayers ~


    "Heavenly Father, if I should suffer need, and go unclothed, and be in poverty, make my heart prize Your love, know it, be constrained by it, though I be denied all blessings. It is Your mercy to afflict and try me with wants, for by these trials I see my sins, and desire severance from them. Let me willingly accept misery, sorrows, temptations, if I can thereby feel sin as the greatest evil, and be delivered from it with gratitude to You, acknowledging this as the highest testimony of Your love."

    (Excerpt taken from the"Valley of Vision")

  2. I realized something today – that everytime I have read the word "hope" in scripture, I felt there was a question within me. Today I was able to put it into words: "If I believe, or rather know with all my heart, mind & soul that I am saved by Jesus, and I feel that I am 100% sure of that, then why do am I instructed to hope? Why isn't the word "anticipate? " Or is that already what the Bible is saying?

    I guess I've always thought of the word "hope" to mean that I'm allowing for disappointment. That there's a chance that the thing I'm hoping for will not happen.

    But I trust that I will see Jesus when the time has come. I trust that I will have an eternal life with Him. 

    I'm not trying to be or sound arrogant, I have no way of knowing with certainty what will happen in the future, nor am I meant to, and I'm okay with that. Maybe that is why the word "hope" is used, though.

    I do have strong faith, and I'm so grateful for that! 

    1. Hi, Brynne – Great question!

      The “New Dictionary of Theology” defines “hope” as having, “two main senses in theology. It can define either the object of hope, namely Christ and all that his final coming implies (see Eschatology), or the attitude of hoping. This article deals with the latter.

      “To hope means to look forward expectantly for God’s future activity. The ground of hope is God’s past activity in Jesus Christ, who points the way to God’s purposes for his creation. Thus the believer looks forward to the resurrection of God’s people and the arrival of God’s kingdom, confident because Jesus has inaugurated the kingdom and has been raised from death. In worship he prays, ‘Your kingdom come’, and celebrates the Lord’s Supper in anticipation of the heavenly banquet, because he looks back to Christ’s death and resurrection which open the way to the kingdom (1 Cor. 11:26). In community with others, he experiences the Spirit as a foretaste of the eschatological kingdom (2 Cor. 1:22). Because he expects to be like Christ in the end, he seeks to be like Christ now (1 Jn. 3:2–3). Because he longs for ‘a better country’ (Heb. 11:13–16), he adopts the attitude of a pilgrim.

      “But as long as he lives in hope rather than in the fullness of the kingdom, he walks by faith rather than by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). His life is marked more by suffering than by triumph (1 Cor. 4:8–13; 2 Cor. 4:7–18).

      “The Christian is liberated from fear about his own future in order to care about the fear and struggles of others. Hope is not a merely private matter, for the scope of God’s kingdom is universal. Hence the broader, socio-political dimension of hope has become prominent in modern theology. The debate has been stimulated by recognition that eschatology is at the heart of Jesus’ message, by philosophical interest in the phenomenon of hope as a human experience (e.g. Ernst Bloch, The Principle of Hope, 3 vols., Oxford, 1986), by the challenge of Marxism and the cries of oppressed groups (see J. B. Metz, J. Moltmann, W. Pannenberg, Liberation Theology, Political Theology).

      “An eschatological perspective, unlike cyclical views of history, expects new things to happen, and therefore allows the possibility of progress within history. The future kingdom of God, characterized by justice, peace, community and love, provides the guidelines and motivation for Christian social action (see Missiology, Righteousness, Social Ethics). For if those values are God’s ultimate will for human society, they must also be his will for societies now. In committing itself both to the proclamation of the gospel and to the socio-political struggle for justice and liberation, the church is ‘like an arrow sent out into the world to point to the future’ (Moltmann, Theology of Hope, p. 328).

      “But a Christian’s hope is not utopian. He expects progress but not the perfection which will only come by God’s own act at the final coming of Christ. He can cope with human failure without despair, because he trusts ‘the God of hope’ (Rom. 15:13) whose kingdom is surely coming.”

      “Hope” this helps! 🙂

  3. "If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
        O Lord, who could stand?
    But with you there is forgiveness,
        that you may be feared."

    What a glorious reminder of the gospel! God has provided a way for us to be forgiven of our sins, marked innocent instead of guilty, and stand before Him on the Day of Judgment with confidence — not in our own righteousness, but in Jesus Christ's. 

    Without the fear of the Lord, without the fear of His wrath and of the judgment that awaits every one of us, we would not care one whit about our sin, or whether or not we can be forgiven of our sins. It is a fearful thing to know that for those who don't care, they are rejecting God’s mercy and grace. And apart from God’s mercy and grace, the fires of hell will be their end. 

    "But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed." Romans 2:5

    "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." Matthew 10:28

    Because I believe what the Bible says about these things, I live with joy in light of my salvation, a salvation given only by God’s grace extended to us in Jesus Christ!!

    “For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ…” 1 Thessalonians 5:9

    "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him." John 3:36

    “Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” Romans 5:9

    Thank you, Jesus, for laying down your life in exchange for mine, and bearing my sin upon your body as the perfect lamb of God. Thank you, God, for making a way for me to be reconciled to you and forgiven of my sins. My hope is found only in You! 

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