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All Hope Is in Thee!

By Rodney Nulph, Associate Editor

Rodney Nulph

The Sweet Psalmist of Israel confidently penned, “And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee” (Psalm 39:7 emp. added). Although the background of this Psalm is unknown, “[t]he writer looks back on a time when he was troubled by three issues: the fleeting nature of life, the prosperity of the wicked, and the seeming purposelessness of human life. Perhaps he was languishing in poor health and believed that he was nearing the end of his earthly journey. He faced these tough mental struggles with his faith in God. By experiencing the discipline of God, he came to see the true meaning of life” (Cloer 539-40). The fundamental message found in this Psalm is surely, “[t]he God of the Bible is our hope” (Deaver 130). However, without God in our lives, all hope is lost and life is surely empty and useless (cf. Ecclesiastes 1:2ff; 12:8-13). For those who are faithful children of the King, real hope is ours to lay hold of daily. Truly our “hope is in thee!”

Our hope is in Thee because in Thee, we have a Friend. It has been said that a man throughout his entire lifetime can count the number of true friends on one hand. While I am not sure that number is exact, it surely is close. True friends are difficult to come by! However, in Jesus we have the truest of all friends! This true friend said Himself, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13), which is exactly what He did for us! As the beloved hymn suggests, “I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.” This friend gives us real hope because He makes the way for salvation (cf. Matthew 1:21; 11:28-30; John 14:6), He daily mediates on our behalf (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 8:6), and He manifests the example for us to follow (cf. Philippians 2:5ff; 1 Peter 2:21). Truly, “What a friend we have in Jesus!”

Our hope is in Thee because in Thee, we have a Focus. It is often said by athletic coaches to the teams that they lead, “We must not loose focus.” You see, when a team looses focus, it forgets its purpose, it forgets its goal and sadly, all hope of winning is lost to blurred vision. Spiritually speaking, if we lose focus we can easily forget our purpose, our goal, and eventually lose all hope of winning due to blurred vision as well. However, because our hope is in Thee, we have a clear focus. “…[L]et us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1b-2 emp. added). What a Focus we Have in Jesus!

Our hope is in Thee because in Thee, we have a Future. Even a brief acquaintance with life clearly proves that “all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away” (1 Peter 1:24; cf. Hebrews 9:27). Man may be blessed with health today and plagued by sickness tomorrow, blessed with financial wealth today and deep poverty tomorrow. The future may seem bright and full, only to be ripped apart by life’s transient reality. From a carnal perspective, life’s future is at best, dim and dull. Because of this fact, real hope is in the One who can give a bright and glorious future. Our hope is the One who lovingly assured, “…[t]o him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7 cf. 21:1ff). What a future we have in Jesus!

When life is boiled down to its real core, the only hope one has is found in a Higher Source! With a Friend with whom to walk, a Focus on which to center, and a Future to which we can look forward, surely all can concur with the Psalmist of old: “And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee” (Psalm 39:7 emp. added)! Amen and Amen!

Works Cited

Cloer, Eddie. Truth for Today Commentary Psalms 1-50. Searcy: Resource, 2004.

Deaver, Roy C. Commentary on the Book of Psalms. Vol. I. Pensacola: Firm Foundation, 1989.

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