Words for the Week: Hope Thou in God


Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.—Psalm 42:5

Hope is one of the greatest gifts of life. It is faith’s twin sister, and it is courage’s strength.

Christian hope is far more than a Pollyanna outlook; it is confidence in our sovereign God.

I recently read a statement by G.K. Chesterton: “Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.”

He was close, but Christian hope is so much more than this. I’d rephrase: “Hope is the confidence that circumstances that appear to be desperate are bigger than we can see.”

Those of who know the Lord have every reason to hope in our God! Look at His resume, taken right from Psalm 146!

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:

  • Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is:
  • which keepeth truth for ever:
  • Which executeth judgment for the oppressed:
  • which giveth food to the hungry.
  • The LORD looseth the prisoners:
  • The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind:
  • the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down:
  • the LORD loveth the righteous:
  • The LORD preserveth the strangers;
  • he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

The LORD shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the LORD.

Is your situation this week hopeless? Hope thou in God!