Helpless Not Hopeless
My soul languishes for Your salvation; I wait for Your word. My eyes fail with longing for Your word, While I say, “When will You comfort me?” Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget Your statutes. How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me? The arrogant have dug pits for me, Men who are not in accord with Your law. All Your commandments are faithful; They have persecuted me with a lie; help me! They almost destroyed me [an]on earth, But as for me, I did not forsake Your precepts. Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.
This morning in Barney Este’s pre-sermon ‘sermon,’ he read through this Psalm and said something that impacted me.
“David felt helpless but not hopeless.”
As Christians—whose trust is in Jesus and whose firm expectation lies in our Father’s goodness—we may at times feel helpless, but it should never lead to hopeless.
David understood that though he was weary, uncomforted, and persecuted that God was still his champion. His cry wasn’t one of sarcasm, it was hopeful expectation. That of a child crying in the night for his parent.
If you need reminded of this, here are some verses on Hope.
For the needy will not always be forgotten, Nor the hope of the afflicted perish forever. Psalm 9:18
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness, Psalm 33:18
“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You. Psalm 39:7
But as for me, I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more. Psalm 71:14
Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Psalm 119:116
…because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth; Col 1:5-6
But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 1 Thes 5:8
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope, 1 Tim 1:1
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. Titus 2:11-14