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But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. Psalm 71:14 (ESV)
For most of us, hope seems to be elusive and conditional. We may feel hopeful on a certain day or in a season of life, yet circumstances and situations can change that cause hope to dissipate, quickly being replaced with our doubts and fears. How can we join the psalmist in this bold proclamation that we will “hope continually”?
Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here…. “What are you doing, untying that colt?” They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go. Mark 11:1-2, 5-6
each us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
One afternoon in 2010 I drove to a cemetery near my home. I wanted voices from the past to speak to me through the messages on their headstones.
I parked my car in a shady spot then walked carefully and quietly where husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, and friends were buried.
You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. Psalm 139:1-4 (NIV)
Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! Psalm 32:10-11
And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:23-24 (NASB)
So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him… John 19:16b-18a
Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:41
Momentum makes progress, but lack of momentum loses ground. It is the impetus we need to ignite our life, work, ministry, or intimacy with the Lord. The early church experienced momentum at Pentecost. Jesus’ death on the cross discouraged the masses from moving forward, but His resurrection thrust trust in Him back upon their hearts.