June 21

O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you. Psalm 84:12

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed. Romans 4:18 NIV

The first two verses of Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.” How often have songwriters used this joyful passage to tell of the best promise awaiting all who believe in God. 

Life will be difficult at some point. Disasters strike with little warning; war and famine leave many of God’s children victims of tragedies over which they have no control. Closer to home, loved ones die; accidents change lives forever; jobs can be lost; etc. Yet, because we have hope, we, just like Abraham, believe. When life is overwhelming we know that we are still under the arms and in the loving care of God. 

He sent his Son to die and rise again to give us hope and assurance beyond any difficulties we face. “I know that my Redeemer lives! What comfort this sweet sentence gives!,”* lets each one of us walk in the happiness of hope in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Dear and precious Savior,

Thank you for the blessing of hope even in times of despair. Sometimes life is overwhelming, but we know that you are there when we cry out to you. Your promise reminds us to hope. Help each one of us to trust in your promise of eternal life. Amen.

* From the hymn, “I Know that My Redeemer Lives!”

Florence Smallfield