What follows is my next installment in my series of devotions on the word "trust". This week is on Psalm 33:20-22.
May 8, 2022
Take time to pray
1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
or stand in the way of sinners
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on His law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
30 We wait in hope for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
31 In Him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in His Holy name.
32 May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.
From a Google search, I got the meaning of hope as "a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen." The hope in this passage (and throughout the Bible) isn't a wistful hope, but a certain hope made sure by God's promises.
God is our help
God is our shield/protection
God causes us to rejoice
God is trustworthy
God is love
Our hope in the LORD is based on trust in His promises, not wishful thinking.
We can trust God to take care of us and protect us.
Trust in God brings true rejoicing - unlike the things of this world that are temporary.
What am I trust to take care of me and bring me joy?
When I am stuck in despair, I need to turn to God's Word for hope and joy. It seems easier said than done, but the more time I spend studying God's Word, the better it gets.
I long to be able to say I trust in God above all else and leave it there, but I am human and I find myself pulled away by the things of this world - by materialism and food - even when I know God is where I need to turn.
(Completed using the TEND method - marieldavenport.com)