The Anchor of Hope


     Feeling overwhelmed?  King David had those days too (Psalm 61:2).  In those dark hours, his hope anchored his soul through the perilous storm threatening to shipwreck his faith.

     Psalm 61 begins with David’s petition.  “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer.  From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (vv. 1-2).

     David’s reflection upon God’s past actions (v. 3) buoyed his hope—his confident expectation of God’s future faithfulness and care (v. 4).  “For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.  I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings” (vv. 3-4).

     God’s past deliverances (v. 5) strengthened David’s confidence, fueling greater optimism about the future (vv. 6-7).  “For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.  You will prolong the king’s life, his years as many generations.  He shall abide before God forever.  Oh, prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him!” (vv. 5-7).

     David’s hope renewed his determination to faithfully serve God.  “So, I will sing praise to Your name forever, that I may daily perform my vows” (v. 8).

     Tired of getting blown about and overwhelmed by life’s difficulties?  It is not necessary.  Like David, you can have a hope that is an anchor to your soul, sure and steadfast (Hebrews 6:19).  When this anchor is in use, your spirit is buoyed, your confidence is fueled, and your determination is renewed.

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