Over the last two months, much of my time has been spent in scripture, particularly the Psalms. In the Psalms I find not only words of comfort, but also words that describe frustration, hurt, and the questions that come when life doesn’t play out the way you think it should.
The most recent Psalm that I have been ruminating on is this:
1 Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with the harp;
make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
3 Sing to him a new song;
play skillfully, and shout for joy.
4 For the word of the Lord is right and true;
he is faithful in all he does.
5 The Lord loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of his unfailing love.
6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars[a];
he puts the deep into storehouses.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the people of the world revere him.
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
10 The Lord foils the plans of the nations;
he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
11 But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
the purposes of his heart through all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he chose for his inheritance.
13 From heaven the Lord looks down
and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth—
15 he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.
16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.
This Psalm reminds me that I can wait in hope for THE LORD, not for a job, not for a direction, but for THE LORD. My heart rejoices in HIM and HIM ALONE. Not in circumstances, not in financial security, not in whether or not things are falling into place the way I think they should, but in HIM ALONE is my joy, trust, and hope. Because HIS UNFAILING LOVE is always with me. His UNFAILING LOVE is enough.
I don’t know what life looks like for you these days, but remember that your hope is in THE LORD and HIS UNFAILING LOVE for you. Hold on to that. Rest in that. It is enough.