YOU ARE MY HOPE!
Date: June 27
Category: Trust in God
"For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence. Upon You have I leaned and relied from birth; You are He Who took me from my mother's womb and You have been my benefactor from that day. My praise is continually of You."
This is a wonderful confession that we should speak every morning when we wake up. We should always have positive confessions throughout the day but it's especially important to start your day off by speaking something positive over your life. This passage is an example of a positive confession. The psalmist here is saying that God is his hope. He doesn't have hope in other people or in himself. He has hope in God because God has been his trust since he was young and the source of all his confidence. That's why he has hope in God.
But why is this psalmist so confident? Is it because he is strong and mighty in himself? Is it because he depends on other people to help him become strong and mighty? No, he is confident because God is the source of that confidence. God is the source of everything in his life.
In the same way this psalmist has so much confidence and trust in the Lord, we should always trust in the Lord also. We should all consciously decide to step into the presence of God, read His Word, meditate upon His truth and learn how to be confident and rely upon the Lord. When God says in His Word that He is going to be with us, we have to believe it. When God says in His Word that He is going to help us, we have to believe it. That's what it means to have trust and reliance upon God.
In this passage, we can read that this psalmist does not base his beliefs on how he feels or what others say to him. He bases his beliefs on what God has spoken to him through His Word. So everything that he says and does is dependant upon the Word of God. So everything we say and do should line up with the Word of God as well. That's what will propel us to be confident and give us strength.
Then in verse 6a of this passage we read, "Upon You have I leaned and relied from birth; You are He Who took me from my mother's womb." In other words, from the moment we are conceived in the wombs of our mothers, God has been right there watching us. He has always been there for us. He is the One who we can lean and rely on even from birth. One of the greatest things that we, as parents, can teach our children is to lean and rely upon God even at a young age. This is such a powerful revelation.
Verse 6 then goes on to say, "You are He Who took me from my mother's womb and You have been my benefactor from that day..." A benefactor is someone who benefits others, someone who commits good actions towards others. So from this verse we can see that God has been doing good things for us since we were born.
It's important to understand that God is the source of everything that is good in our lives. The Bible says in James 1:17, "Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse]." So every good and perfect gift is from God the Father. Some people realize that and other people don't. But the rest of Psalm 71 shows us how we can recognize God in every good gift.
The last part of verse 6 says, "My praise is continually of You." Those who do realize that God is the source of every good thing in their lives will praise the Lord. They will magnify His name because they see that God is present in every area of their lives, whether it is in their marriage, their work, their studies, their ministry, etc. Because of that recognition, they can then say with confidence that God is their hope.
This confession here really conveys that this psalmist had a close relationship with God. It was a relationship based on faith, trust, and hope. He had hope that could not be shaken because it was placed in the living God. He had trust that could not be betrayed because it was based on a God who will not and cannot lie. So looking at this psalmist's example, we too can be assured that we will not be alone. God will be there with us every step of the way because He has been ever since we were born.
God is the One who gives us strength and wisdom to overcome our difficulties, so He should be the One we should cry out to when we are in need. As we gain wisdom from Him through His Word and apply that wisdom into our life situations, we will see the goodness of God manifesting in our lives. He will be our benefactor. He will be our protector, our provider, our healer, our restorer, and anything else we may need Him to be. When we recognize that He is the source of our confidence and every good thing in our lives, then our lips will praise His great name. So today, let's recognize God our lives and let's confess with confidence that He is our hope!