October 23, 2017

Yet I Will Hope

“Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines,
 the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food,
 the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,
 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation”
(Habakkuk 3:17-18)

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
 though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling”  
  (Psalm 46:1-3)

Why this trust? Why this rejoicing?

We need not fear the wickedness of men: “Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb” (Psalm 37:1-2).

We need not fear the seeming triumph of evil: “The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming. The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose way is upright; their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken” (Psalm 37:12-15).

We need not fear the unknown: “The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever” (Psalm 37:18).

We need not fear utter failure: “The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24).

We need not fear poverty or hunger: “I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread” (Psalm 37:25).

We need not fear divine abandonment: “The wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death. The LORD will not abandon him to his power or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial” (Psalm 37:32-33).

We have these promises from our great God, the LORD above all Lords and KING above all Kings. He reigns over all to whom he has granted authority (nations, kingdoms, rulers). Though they seem foolish and wicked, He is still in control. Though we seem to suffer at their hands, He is still our stronghold.

Truly, even as Job attested in the midst of his great suffering, Though he slay me, I will hope in him  (Job 13:15).

“The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
 he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.
 The LORD helps them and delivers them;
 he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
 because they take refuge in him”
(Psalm 37:39-40)

“‘Be still, and know that I am God.
 I will be exalted among the nations,
 I will be exalted in the earth!’
 The LORD of hosts is with us;
 the God of Jacob is our fortress”
  (Psalm 46:10-11)