Psa. 42:5  Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? 

These are DISTURBING TIMES…

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God.

David was talking to himself. I think that our self talk is very important. You can change the way you feel, you can affect your health, you can make a difference in the world, with the words that you speak to yourself.

David was telling himself, to put his “hope” in God, not in the things of this world.

Biblical “hope” is so different from the hope that comes from the world around us. When the scripture says, “Hope in God,” it does not mean “cross your fingers” or “make a wish.”

“Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God,..” (Psalm 146:5)

Our hope determines our happiness. And we could all use a little more happiness in our lives.

In the words of William Carey it means, “Expect great things from God.” Biblical hope is, an expectation of certainty, an assurance of performance, that He who promised is faithful to perform.

Hope really is the foundation of our faith. “Now faith is the assurance, being confident, sure of, substance of (the confirmation, the title deed) of things [we] hope for, …. (Hebrews 11:1 AMP)

Faith is the proof of ownership. Ownership that comes from our Hope in God. If he promised it then it is a “sure deal.” Our faith is based in that Hope.

The challenge today is to spread hope and not fear or dread. Obviously we all now understand how contagious a virus is, but do we know that “hope is contagious?”

Hope is more contagious than any virus. We can, no, we must infect ourselves and we must infect others, with Hope in God. You can, you, must speak to your soul. You can shout to your self. “Put your Hope in God.”

For years I’ve heard people say they did not want to get their hopes up because they did not want to be disappointed. In fact I’ve been accused of giving people false hope.

To which I have always quoted Romans 5:5; “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given to us.”

Once we truly receive the reality that God Loves us; hope is born in our hearts. If our hope comes from Love, then we truly cannot be disappointed.

“Love never fails; and God is Love.” Not a love that comes and goes, but a  love that is unconditional and unshakable and irreversible. 

This really is the basis of our faith. The fact that God Loves us eternally. My hope is in God’s love for me.

“For in this hope we are saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all…” (Romans 8:24)

This verse says we are saved by an unseen reality. A reality that is more real than the one we can see. We then have a choice to look and listen to those things that we can see in the natural or we can look and listen to the invisible realm of God’s Spirit.

There is an unseen reality that is more concrete and more dependable than the one that surrounds us. We can trust what we don’t see more than what we do see.

In spite of how things look or feel we are safe in His Love. He really is “…making all things work together for good to those who love God…” (Romans 8:28).

Hope, is our response to all the disturbing things that are happening in the world around us. Hope is the anchor of our soul (Heb. 6:19), it keeps us steady and stable.

The Hebrew writer goes on to say; “Let us hold fast our confession of hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23).

So go ahead, question yourself, question those disturbing feelings. And then speak, shout to yourself: PUT YOUR HOPE IN GOD.

REMEMBER; HOPE IS CONTAGIOUS!

You can infect, you can affect the world with your HOPE.