Written by Donna Mitchell for The Life
“Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – He remains faithful forever.”Psalm 146:5-6
Psalm 146 is rich with promises of hope for today and your future. It begins by praising the LORD and then offers reasons for such praise and urges us to hope in the LORD and ask Him for help.
Do you know what it feels like to be without hope, stuck in behaviors you can’t seem to change, or in circumstances that leave you powerless, where you look ahead and see only darkness? When people are without help and hope in life, they can fall prey to anxiety and depression, seek relief in addiction, or live with the heavy weight of oppression and bondage.
There is help and reassuring hope for those who trust in the LORD. Psalm 146, beginning in verse 7, outlines His promises and the reason we should hope: “He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow…”
Reread the verses. Hear Him promise to help you and give you hope. Cry to Him for the help you need. Bow down before Him. Look to Him for hope. He has ultimate power and authority. He hears your cry and answers you in the midst of your valley. He gives you what you need, regardless of your life circumstances. Yes, He is your ever-present reassuring hope – past, present, and future.
LORD we bow before You. Thank You for urging us to put our hope and trust in YOU for deliverance and help. Thank You for revealing your heart to us through your promises and you keep your promises based on your character and ability. LORD be our hope. Hear our cry for Your help, amen.
Are there people in your life today who need the LORD’s help and hope? Pray for them. Ask the LORD how to come alongside to show love and support. Perhaps you’d like to share today’s verse with them.