November 6, 2020
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
in those who hope in his steadfast love.
We humans, we are broken people living in a broken world. Our lives are often challenging and at times quite difficult. So it’s natural we’re always hoping for new and positive changes, changes we are convinced will make our lives better than they seem today.
And that all sounds completely reasonable, except for one nagging question: Exactly where are we placing that hope? What or who are we hoping for? We tend to spread our hopes in a wide variety of directions, and unfortunately those are usually not places God intends for us:
We put our hope in relationships (“Once I’m married this or that will improve…”).
We put our hope in money (“Wow, when I can finally buy one of those…”).
We put our hope in positions (“If I could just land that job…”)
Or we hope in our health. Or in our possessions. Or in education.
Or yes… in election results!
The psalmist observes that God’s pleasure is not found in the places we hope in, like in our resources (“strength of the horse”) or in our own prowess or skills (“legs of a man”). Rather, God is pleased when we place our hope in nothing else but Him. God created us for Himself, to rest in his unending love and in awe of His greatness. When you know, really know, that you are a child of the Creator and Overseer of everything, where else could you go for anything better?
Where are you putting your hope today? Is it in the things of this world, or the One who created it all in the first place? Do you find yourself elated from this week’s election, or downcast? And are you confident God has it covered either way?
Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God!