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    September 10, 2019


    Hope implies the anticipation that something may or will occur in the future. Thoughts of the future can result in anxiety, doubt, and fear, even though the large majority of those things resulting in worry never will occur. The opening verses of Psalm 31 are the prayer of a servant of God who endured suffering as a result of faithfulness to the Lord’s calling. Although resolute to remain faithful in the midst of trouble, the psalmist acknowledged that God does not always resolve problems as quickly as one would desire.

    The reality of hope implies that something in the future is not yet received; therefore, waiting is necessary in the present. No one enjoys patient endurance and the world today functions in an entirely opposite manner. People demand instant gratification, in terms of prayer, problems, relationships, success, and many other things. Nevertheless, waiting is a continual emphasis in the Bible because such patience is testimony to the faithfulness of God.

    In spite of his circumstances, the psalmist confessed unwavering trust in the Lord (Ps 31:14). God is the one who can provide deliverance. Recognizing that all the circumstances and events of this life are under God’s sovereign control, the psalmist prayed, “My times are in Your hand” (v. 15a). Knowing the Lord’s lovingkindness, the psalmist could say, “Make Your face to shine upon Your servant” (v. 16a), which is a request for divine favor. God’s grace is sufficient (2 Cor 12:9) for the believer to remain faithful, not only in times of trouble but also while awaiting the Lord’s promises to be fulfilled.

    Hebrews 10:36 reads, “For you have need of endurance so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” For this reason, the psalmist was filled with praise for the greatness of God’s “goodness” (Ps 31:19a). The believer has confidence that God is a “refuge” (v. 19c). Romans 8:28 gives the wonderful assurance “that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

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