Psalm 16:8 NKJV – Where does your hope lie?

“I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”

I have heard it spoken that people place their hope in a lot of different things. Hope for a “Better Economy”. Hope in “New Leadership”. Hope in a “New Tomorrow”. “There’s a bright spot on the horizon”. “There’s a new day coming”. Some of you may have heard these sayings and maybe have a few more of your own. I was even taught growing up that if you work hard and live a good life, you’ll succeed. And the most ridiculous hope, “The Browns will win the Super Bowl”. OK. Just joking with you a little.

What I’ve come to learn and know is that most of this is wishful thinking. It sounds good, but when it comes right down to it, we fail to fully experience the results of such hope. Life is hard. That’s right. But life is harder when you feel you have no hope. I think of the many people of the world whose hope has been shattered by disaster; floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, famine, and persecution are all over the world. Right here in our own country there are millions of people just trying to live from day to day. There are children who would love to have something to eat and know where they will sleep. So where does our hope lie to continue on with life?

Have I shared with you that at one time I was ready to move into my car to live. Yup. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I was ready to call my Buick, “Home”. And I had it a lot better than others. In a nearby neighborhood, not far from where I live there are folks (men, women and children) living under bridge overpasses and that’s what they call, “Home”. But even when I struggled to get by, even when I thought there was little hope, God was looking at my situation. His plan was for me to realize where true hope exists.

My hope now lies in Jesus Christ. And I know it was a result of people praying for me. They were praying that I would come to know the hope and love that is in Jesus. You see, this Psalm was written to declare victory and the hope of the faithful. In Jesus Christ we have victory. It is not wishful thinking. It’s a promise. A promise that is kept. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (John 11:25 NKJV) I have set the Lord before me as my hope. And I declare that I will not be moved.

My friend, my prayer today is for you and all of those living on shallow promises and wishful thinking. My prayer is that your hope would turn to the One who gives hope. Your hope would manifest itself to you in the person of Jesus Christ. I will be praying for you.

The Psalmist ends this Scripture in a very dramatic way. I share it with you below.

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Dear Lord, thank You for the hope You give. I declare that I will set You and the hope within You before anything of this world and I will not be moved. Your hand will protect me. Your hand will direct me. Your hand will deliver me. Your hand will heal me. Your hand will restore me. Your hand will strengthen me. Your hand will hold me up. And Your blood will save me. Thank You Lord for the promises of Your Word. Help me to not rely on the empty and shallow hope of this world, but to submit my life into Your great and mighty hands. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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