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Hope in the Lord

Text: Psalm 39

Key Concepts:

  • When in doubt, silence is golden
  • Suffering does not dismiss our duty to glorify God
  • God’s sovereignty covers every atom of the universe
  • David’s response to his suffering

What hope can remain in us when all our hopes for two thousand twenty turned into disappointment? What can we hope for when instead of a shiny beginning, the new year seems to begin with a whimper of fear? What can we expect when instead of good health, we are disease stricken? Can we hold on to hope when instead of wealth, we’ve had financial hardships, debts and economic ruin? What do we have to look forward to after a year of violence, racism, anarchy and social injustice? Can we remain hopeful after years of political corruption, fraud and lies? When people are dying left and right, what can we hope for? How can we stay hopeful when no one can predict the end of this pandemic? And how it might mutate? What can we hope for when immorality rules? When the killing of the unborn is preferred over the sanctity of life? When life is marked by sadness, sorrow and suffering? When abomination is favored over the sanctity of marriage? What can we expect when people in church have hardened their hearts against the Word of God?

When in doubt, silence is golden

“I said, “I will guard my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, while the wicked are before me”” (Ps. 39:1, NKJV). The temptation to blaspheme God is one of the foremost temptations we face when we are suffering. Job encountered that temptation. However, he refused to “curse God and die” (Job 2:9). Instead, pressed by his friends’ accusations, he felt he had to defend himself. However, as soon as God confronted him, he realized that he should’ve kept silent (Job 42: 1-3). David, obviously, came to the same realization. He chose to remain silent to keep the ungodly from blaspheming God and from questioning His goodness and power (Ps. 39). His silence was a well calculated and reverent silence. In our moment of distress, it is easy to let our pain do the talking for us, and to let our feelings dictate our words. In such time, it is best to remain silent in words but active in prayer and lamentation before God. Such moments should be between you and God, lest you give others the wrong impression of God. David, though in pain, was acutely aware of his love and reverence for God. Our suffering is never an excuse to justify our blaspheming God. What one says about and during one’s suffering, reveals the condition of one’s heart. It also says much about the level of one’s faith and knowledge of God.

Suffering does not dismiss our duty to glorify God

Being silent does not mean being numb to one’s pain. David did not ignore his pain. He was not being stoic. When he finally spoke, it was not to blaspheme nor to question God but to pray. “Deliver me from all my transgressions; do not make me the reproach of the foolish” (Ps. 39:8, NKJV). In the midst of his suffering, David was conscious about his sinfulness. Far from trying to justify himself, he’s conscious of spiritual weaknesses and the presence of sin within and around him. While suffering, do you ever take the time to reflect on the condition of your spiritual life? Are we too busy complaining and justifying ourselves that we forget that there is sin in our lives? It is time for self-examination, whenever we are going through trials. There will always be enough reasons to ask God for grace and mercy. Instead of spending our time questioning God, worry about your holiness. David was concerned with God’s glory even as he suffered.

God’s sovereignty covers every atom of the universe

“I was mute, I did not open my mouth, because it was You who did it” (Ps. 39:9, NKJV). David saw God as the author of his suffering. Indeed, as children of God, whatever we go through is either because God allowed it or caused it. The sovereignty of God is not limited to the good we experience but also the bad. If our suffering is caused by mankind or by our own hands, there will be a consequence to pay. The evil of man is never without consequences. However, the evil would not happen lest God permits it.  If our suffering is from a natural occurrence, it is the consequence of The Fall. Regardless, nothing happens outside of God’s sovereignty (Is. 46: 10-11). It should be comforting for the believer to consider the immensity of God’s sovereignty. It is even more comforting to know that the one in control is our Father who knows, acts, allows, measures the duration, measures the impact and measures His purpose; otherwise life would be unbearable. “ No temptation has overtaken you except something common to mankind; and God is faithful, so He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it” (1 Cor. 10:13, NASB). God is not only sovereign but He is equally faithful. He faithfully measures how much we can bear. When He does not prevent our hardship, He enables us to bear it. This is why we can trust Him with our pain and our healing. The suffering of the child of God is always under God’s sovereignty and for a good purpose.

David response to his suffering

““Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear to my cry; do not be silent at my tears…” (Ps. 39:12, NKJV). David humbly responds to his situation with supplication and submission before God. He is not demanding. Rather, he calls himself a sojourner meaning he knows that God owns everything and that he is nothing but an undeserving beggar (Lev. 25:23). Hence, he begged for mercy and grace (Ps. 39: 13). In his suffering, David was acutely aware of the shortness of life as well (Ps. 39: 4-7). Indeed, we have learned this lesson from the past year. Life is not only brief but it is uncertain. In humility, David prayed God to remind him of his own frailty.  He echoes Moses’ prayer “teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Ps. 90: 12, ESV). Often it takes a trial to make us realize how fragile we are.

In conclusion…

What can we hope for given the statistics of our current reality? This question has the potential to lead some to despair, and depression. Given what we’ve been through this past year, isn’t depression an adequate response? After all, we began last year with high hopes and yet none of our good wishes came true. However, hope is a good thing to have for without it, life would be insufferable. ““And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You” (Ps. 39:7, NKJV). Evidently, although David asked the question with a ‘what’, he answered it with a ‘who’. Indeed, if our hope is in things, and in the help of man, we will be disappointed. However, if our hope is in God, we will never be disappointed. Things will change and things have changed for the worst. But if our hope is in the immutable God, then we will not have to worry about this New Year. For, no matter what happens, God will always be God and His purposes will stand. His throne is eternal, and all powerful. His purpose for our lives cannot be thwarted. Our hope in Him is anchored in His character, power and in His everlasting grace and mercy. In reality, we do not know how bad things will get before the end. But our circumstances cannot determine our destiny. Rather, God does. Knowing He is gracious, merciful, and righteous, we can count on Him. We can also hope in God’s promises for He guarantees them swearing on His own name (Heb. 6: 13-20). Yes, God is our only hope and trust for there isn’t anything else.

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