Monday, July 25, 2011

Hope in Thee

 5Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
 6Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
 7And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. 

Hope in Thee


Sometimes, it is hard to believe that the Psalms were written so many years ago; it is certainly uncanny how contemporary David's words are to our generation. Can you think of any words that describe our age more accurately than Psalm 39, verse 6?

6Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.


Here is the same verse in the New King James Version.


 6 Surely every man walks about like a shadow;
         Surely they busy themselves in vain;
         He heaps up
riches,
         And does not know who will gather them.


Is that really what life is all about? Is that what gets us up in the morning and drives us through the events of each day? Are we here to heap riches upon ourselves and spend every available moment enjoying the things we possess?

Sadly, many Christians are caught up in the same vicious turmoil of life as the non-Christians. David pondered these same things. He asked himself, "Is that what drives me? Is that what I wait for?" 

No! Though David, indeed, was a wealthy man, his wealth did not drive him to heap greater and greater riches upon himself. Though David was the king, his life was not consumed by the desire to seek a greater kingdom and more power for himself. David plainly stated, "My hope is in Thee."


As Christians, that should be our heart cry as well. We must remember that eternity does not come after this life is over. For the Christian, eternity with Christ has already begun! If we do not see ourselves spending all of eternity seeking greater and greater riches for ourselves, then we certainly should not be doing so now.

Our hope is in Christ; we should be focusing all of our attention on seeking a closer walk with the Lord. A meaningless life that was once filled with vanity has now become a life filled with the pursuit of Godliness. Rather than tasting the bitter fruits of this world, God has granted to us the sweetness of joy and peace in Him.

Go this day in the joy of Christ, and rest all of your hope and cares upon Him.

Yes, Lord, my hope is in Thee!

God Bless You,
Linda

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