Hope When Life’s Storms Come–Part 2

       The fact “God has not promised us smooth sailing, just safe passage” is clearly demonstrated in Psalm 35.  David is engulfed in stormy waters.  His initial response is to pray for Jehovah’s deliverance (vv. 1-8) and to anticipate his joyous response to God’s…

Hope When Life’s Storms Come (Part 1)

       No psalm better illustrates the observation that “God has not promised us smooth sailing, just safe passage” than does Psalm 35.  David is in stormy waters up to his eyes.  His ship of faith is sailing among those who: strive with him (v….

The Hope of the Gospel

       One of the many distinguishing, non-replicable, infallible truths about the gospel is its fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies.  According to the Scriptures, Christ died for our sins and was raised the third day (1st Corinthians 15:3-4).  The gospel of God was promised beforehand…

The God of Hope

       The setting of Psalm 12 is David’s observation of the cessation of godliness in his fellow citizens; the faithful have disappeared from David’s view (v. 1).  Rather than despairing in such bleak circumstances, David’s focuses upon Jehovah, the God of hope.  Because…

Reasons for Hope in Dark Days

       Dark and difficult days are a fact of life.  Paul spoke to Timothy of “perilous days” (2nd Timothy 3:1).   About a thousand years prior, David cried: “Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men”…

Hope in the Midst of Darkness

  Few situations sound as bleak and desperately lonely as the one described in Psalm 102—”my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned like a hearth.  My heart is stricken and withered like grass, so that I forget to eat my bread.  Because…

From Despair to Hope

       As is true with several of the psalms, Psalm 69 begins with despair and desperation and ends with hope and praise.  “Save me, O God!  For the waters have come up to my neck.  I sink in deep mire where there is no standing; I have come into…