TLIC Psalms. March 4. Hope In You.

Read Psalm 33:18-22. 18Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, 19that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. 20Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. 21For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. 22Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.

Can you give your hope a name?

For King David hope has a name and that name is Yahweh. The Lord. David trusts in his holy name. His character. His steadfast love and faithfulness, metaphorically understood as the eye of the Lord. The God who looks down on us all and sees everything we do (v.13-15) is not just watching and waiting for us to fail; he is looking down in love with a watchful gaze that is aware of all danger and responsive to all need.

For the Christian, hope has a name and that name is Jesus. We too have had an experience of the steadfast love, the covenant love, of God in Christ. Here’s how Paul describes our hope in God’s love in the book of Romans.

Romans 5:1-5. 1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Like David before him, Paul’s hope in Christ is not one that comes from a change of circumstance, but rather a change in character. God’s unfailing, unconditional love in Christ allows us to hope in a future glory of God. And that future hope changes us, transforms us, today. In this present moment. How? Because God’s love is in our hearts. Not just upon us, but IN us by the indwelling life of the Spirit of Christ.

To live is Christ is to live a life of hope. Hope in the indwelling, unending, never changing loving eye of God that produces the character of Jesus in us by the Spirit.

Prayer. Jesus, you never take your eyes off of me. Help me to never take my eyes off of you. Amen.

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