READ : Psalm 27:1-14
I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (v. 13)
Rev. Jesse Jackson is fond of saying: “Keep hope alive!” I know what he means, but the opposite is equally true: Hope keeps us alive.
When the newspaper is a sea of tormented tidings, and when every day seems to bring some new calamity, some new wickedness, it is easy to give up hope. Don’t you dare. Not forever will the plans and purposes of the Almighty go unfulfilled. God will yet have his way with this wayward world. More reliable than tomorrow’s sunrise is our Father’s promise: “To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear” (Isaiah 45:23). When? We don’t know. How? We don’t know that, either. We know not what the final tapestry looks like, but we do know God is at the loom.
At the church I serve we sing the Hallelujah Chorus on Easter Sunday. Sing it with me: “The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15 KJV). That is the future. Today, the sky may be dark. Wickedness may seem to have the upper hand. But don’t despair. Don’t give up hope. God keeps his promises. Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come.” It will.
Thy kingdom come.