Today you should read: Psalm 146
Help and Hope
If a person could have two things consistently in life, these are it. There is nothing in this world we can’t face if we have adequate help and sustaining hope. The good news is that we have both through “the God of Jacob,” “the Lord [our] God.” Because this good news is really good, the psalmist says that the person who has the Lord’s help and hope is “blessed.”
Why is this person blessed? This person is blessed because of who the Lord is and what the Lord does. Ultimately, “The Lord reigns forever.” The ruler and creator of all things wants to be your help and hope, and that’s wonderful news.
We understand, of course, that on this side of the cross, the good news that we’re talking about—being in a relationship with the Lord—is only possible through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. We are blessed because we’ve been offered the free gift of salvation and, as such, have a relationship with God through Jesus; we have help and hope. That fact should cause us, like the psalmist, to “Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul. Praise the Lord while I live.”
Verses 2–3 warn of the vanity of looking for help and hope in anything temporary. True lasting help and hope are only found in that which is eternal—God and His Word.
Where have you been looking for help and hope? Are there any temporary or fleeting sources that need to be confessed and addressed? Maybe you’ve been seeking for help and hope in things that aren’t even necessarily sinful—going to church, hanging out with Christian friends, Christian radio, etc. None of those are bad, they’re just insufficient when compared to the opportunity we have to be in a loving, life-giving relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate