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Singing Psalm 113 to cling to hope

An opportunity to cling to hope

The hero of the story always gives the underdog a chance to succeed, a reason to cling to hope.  And for that, we love the hero. Who is like the ultimate hero who looks down and considers the plights of the down and out, the poor and needy, the lonely and forsaken?

And this hero not only looks over a sampling of what goes on for a minute or two, or in one region or two, or in one nation or two, but also looks from dawn to dusk, in all the world, from east to west, and over all the nations!


A reason to cling to hope 

He restores the poor by raising them from the dust, the needy by making them sit with princes, the barren woman by giving her a home and making her a joyous mother of children. God has these things in mind to love his enemies and call his servants, friends. He sees things that are not as though they are.


He offers dignity, privilege, and tender care for his loved ones. “God‘s majesty never implies his remoteness from those who look to him; it implies instead his exhaustive attention to detail, and his inexhaustible ability to care for his faithful.”(1)


He gives you a reason not to despair but to cling to hope. As his image bearer, you’ll find opportunities to give those around you a reason to cling to hope as you go along on your upward climb each day. As you take his yoke, he carries yours and you, making your burden light and transforming it into a joy.


Expect to be rewarded as you cling to hope

Whether you are poor, of low estate, or barren of actual children or are lacking the good fruit that you expect to see as one who is in Christ, only dependence on the Lord can hoist you up to cling to hope within the struggle that transcends the struggle despite the struggle. 

Singing Psalm 113, your mood changes from stressed to joy in faith that he accepts you and is with you even in your struggle. Whoever would please him must believe that he exists, and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. It is by faith that we cling to hope.

Feelings often follow faith, trusting that he is good and that you can take him at his word and depend on it. You will find reward moment-by-moment doing the things step-by-step within and outside of your home that he has prepared in advance for you to do.


Singing Psalm 113 as you cling to hope

Giving serious consideration to these things, the restorer of all things gives you a resolve to cling to hope. Meditating upon and singing Psalm 113 back to God expresses to him how irresistibly and unreservedly deserving of praise he is.

Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?~ Psalm 113:5-6


(1) ESV Study Bible, note on p. 1087



March 8, 2022

Updated: March 19, 2022 and April 1, 2022

Published: April 1, 2022

 


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