Psalm 71:14 NIV – I will praise You, Lord!

“As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.”

I can look back at my past and see how God has saved me, and I rejoice. God has done so many wonderful things for me that the list seems endless. His love has changed me. His protection has served as a fortress for me. His hand has strengthened me. His mercy and grace has forgiven me. His Word has taught me. And His Son, Jesus has saved me. All of this has given me hope which is grounded in God’s goodness and inescapable care even in the face of trouble.

Our hope can be placed in God in the face of difficulty or trial. The Bible tells us, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:10 NIV). His care for us here on earth is never complete. God will deliver us again and again; as much as we need. His care, just like His love for us, is everlasting.

God alone is good and He demonstrates His goodness. “You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” (Psalm 119:68 NIV) We have this assurance that God works for our good. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)

We are encouraged by God’s loving care and faithful promises. God’s strength empowers us to live faithfully. God is the source of all victory, which He grants to those who obey His commands and put their trust and confidence in Him. In the past, I put my faith and trust in myself and the world and that got me nothing but heartache, trouble, and confusion. My faith now is grounded in trusting God for all things, including my life and He has given me in return eternal hope through His Son, Jesus and His death on the cross. God is King of everything and I want my life to praise Him.

Friend, where do place your hope? Do you place it in what the world can provide you? Or do you place your hope in God who is completely faithful. Where is your praise directed? This week spend some time in quiet prayer with God. Ask Him to open up your heart to hear the answers to these questions. And then, ask God to be your everything; your All in All.

Dear Lord, You are my everything. In You I place my hope. You are my deliverer, my healer, my protection, and my strength. Your care for me is like Your love for me; it’s everlasting. Continue to teach me to trust You in all things and to look upon You when I face trouble. Forgive me, Lord, when I trust in the world to give me victory. The source of all victory comes from You, Lord. I give You praise. In Jesus Name, AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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