For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth (Psalm 71:5).
Think about it.
It doesn’t say, “You have given me hope.”
Or “You give me reason to hope.”
It says, “You have been my hope.”
God himself is our hope. He is our confidence.
I gotta tell you…I’m not even sure what that means–it’s kind of hard to wrap my English teacher brain around it– but this passage seems to be talking not about what God does, but about who he is.
I’ve been walking, stumbling, slipping, and striding with Christ for thirty-one years now. I can’t count the number of times he has been hope and confidence and joy and strength and peace for me, when there was no earthly reason I should have any of those things.
I can’t count the number of times…but it’s fun to try.
As you head into your day, consider the times that God has supported you, not just with his gifts, but by his very nature. And praise him, not just for what he does, but for who he is.
Happy Friday, Beloved.