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Daily Devotional

May 16

The Lord My Hope

by the Rev. Henry Huenemann

Text

For thou art my hope, O Lord God; thou art my trust from my youth (Psalm 71:5).

Bible Reading

Psalm 71:1-17:

1In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
2Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
3Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.
4Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
5For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.
6By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother's bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.
7I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.
8Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day.
9Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
10For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together,
11Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
12O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.
13Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.
14But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
15My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.
16I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
17O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

Devotional

Is there anyone more to be pitied than the man who has no hope? Job in his misery said, "My days are .... spent without hope." How sad! Yet he could afterwards say, "I know that my redeemer liveth." The reason? He believed in God. He knew he had a Redeemer. He believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our hope.

All who know not Christ as their Redeemer have no hope, and are without God in the world. We must have a hope that reaches beyond death. "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." Our hope "we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil," the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary. Therefore, in the face of death we no longer sorrow as others which have no hope, for we are begotten again "unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." Even now we are "looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." There is no need ever to be cast down.

"Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou dis­quieted in me? hope thou in God." The hope in God maketh not ashamed. "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is."

Prayer

In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be put to confusion. Deliver me in Thy righteousness, and cause me to escape. Incline Thine ear unto me and save me. Thou art my hope, O Lord God; Thou art my trust from my youth. I am a wonder unto many; but Thou art my strong refuge. Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise and with Thy honour all the day. O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste for my help. I will hope continually, and will yet praise Thee more and more. Amen.


Scripture in Devotional: Job 7:6; 19:25; 1 Tim 1:1; Eph. 2:12; 1 Cor. 15:19; Heb. 6:19; 1 Thess. 4:13; 2 Pet. 1:3; Titus 2:13; Ps. 42:5; Rom. 5:5; Jer. 17:17.

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