We do not always wait with hope. Often we wait for something, but our unbelief does not allow for hope. The psalmist hopes, since the word of God does not fail. The psalmist’s hope in the word of God parallels Israel’s hope in the Lord—the certainty that the God who delivered the people from Egypt and the desert is the same One who hears their voices. We can trust in God’s word.
The psalmist waits for the Lord and hopes in “his word.“ He places his confidence not in things that satisfy anxiety temporarily but in the Lord, who gives certain and long-lasting answers even in difficult times. Only the Lord offers mercy, redemption, and true forgiveness.
Waiting is not always easy because we live in an immediate world where matters have to be attended to yesterday. We are easily disappointed and quick to lose heart. Hope fades from our lives when we do not immediately receive what we hope for. Unlike the psalmist, all too often we look to human action and response rather than the will of God—and so we lose hope.
God, how anxious is my heart! When I am required to wait for something, I confess to you that I do it without hope. Forgive me! Help me, O God, to put my trust and hope in you forever. So I pray. Amen.
David is remembered in scripture as a mighty king but also as a great poet. Many of the Psalms are ascribed to him. In Second Samuel we find a poem, a song of lamentation over Saul and Jonathan. Saul was violently jealous of David, yet David still honored Saul as God’s anointed king. Jonathan was David’s best friend, and David bemoans Israel’s loss of these two leaders. The author of Psalm 130, although probably not David, appeals to God in David-like fashion. The Gospel reading takes us in a different direction, showing the power of a woman’s faith. In Second Corinthians, Paul deals with practical matters. The Corinthians had promised to send financial help to the believers in Jerusalem. Now that pledge needs to become a reality.
• Read 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27. When have you acknowledged, upon his or her death, the value of a person you deemed an enemy?
• Read Psalm 130. When have you cried out to God from the depths of your despair? What was God’s response?
• Read 2 Corinthians 8:7-15. When have you lost enthusiasm for a project that had originally ignited your interest and best efforts? How did you rekindle that interest?
• Read Mark 5:21-43. What has been your experience with God’s plans and timetable?
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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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