Jesus - Hope for the Hopeless
Psalm 18: 6-19
6 In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. 7 The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. 9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him— the dark rain clouds of the sky. 12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning. 13 The Lord thundered from heaven: the voice of the Most High resounded. 14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy, with great bolts of lightning he routed them. 15 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, Lord, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. 19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
He delights in us. DELIGHTs in US. “Delight” can be defined as “someone that provides a source of happiness; ‘a joy to behold.’“ Wow. We hear many times in different verses in the Bible to delight ourselves in the Lord (which is most definitely truth), but how often do we remember that he finds delight in us when we serve, love, and praise Him?
Life gets hard. Life can be tough. Of course there are times of sunshine and rainbows, but there are also times where we may feel too like David- like we are drowning; like our enemies are too strong. Life can feel like a disaster and we’re left with seemingly nothing to do but throw our hands up and quit. The thing about this is that when our hands are thrown up to quit, He finds the perfect excuse to take hold of them with His.
We might not know what to say, and we might not know what to do, but we do know that when we cry out to Him, He hears us. He hears us and not only does he grab our hands AND pull us out of the water that we may feel ourselves sinking deeper and deeper into, but he ALSO takes us to a safe place. He doesn’t just plop us down on the ledge because of the heavy baggage we were carrying; no, He takes us away from that ledge to a safe place; not where hopelessness lives, but where rescue is.
By: Kayla Grewatz