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The Forward Look of Hope
It's so easy to get cast down with what we're dealing with right now in our lives.  I know, because I'm bad to do it myself.  I get focused on what is going on and forget the things God has promised.  We are human and we do forget.  The danger is that if we focus on what we're going through right now that we can lose hope.  I have often read Psalm 42 where the psalmist seemed so low and was longing, thirsting for the Lord in his soul.  He says in vs 3-My tears have been my meat day and night.  He remembers how things once were, but they're not that way now, vs 4.  He talks to himself and asks himself in vs 5-Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me?  He is discouraged, yes.  But then he says something amazing--hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.  He is saying, "You know, right now I may not be able to rejoice, but I will again.  I will praise Him for His help for I have a hope in Him."  You see, hope is a forward looking word.  It doesn't look backward, but forward.  The psalmist says that He will yet praise the Lord again.  He also says in vs 8-Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.  That was his confidence of hope.  The Lord will do this for me, so I will continue to make my prayer unto Him.  You may feel yourself at a low point in life today, but don't lose hope.  There will come a time, when He will touch your heart again, when He will lift you out of the fog, when He will stir your heart with song and He will let you rejoice in Him again.  Don't lose hope...keep looking forward in Him.
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