Finishing Hopefully in a Despairing World
The life lived in hope has always been one of the distinguishing qualities of God's servants. Peter speaks of this quality at the end of his life in his first letter I Peter 1:3-13.
The writer of Hebrews portrays the life of hope in chapter 11 as he profiled the faith set upon God's promises yet ahead, led those heroes of faith to a living hope.
But one of the most beautiful expressions of this persevering hope that we hold on to as we go through each lap, especially our final lap, is seen in Psalm 146. The source of strength to live in persevering hope is clearly seen in this majestic
Praise the Lord!
1 Praise the Lord, O my soul!
2 While I live I will praise the Lord;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.
5 Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
7 Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
[Who] The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.
8 [Who] The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
[Who] The Lord raises those who are bowed down;
[Who] The Lord loves the righteous.
9 [Who] The Lord watches over the strangers;
10 [Who] He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He
Turns upside down.
[Who] The Lord shall reign forever-Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord! NKJV
Becoming a Man of Persevering Hope
God wants older men to finish well, as well as older women. Just as Paul confessed in II Tim. 4:7, so each of us should desire to finish the race with joy, with the grace-energized hope that keeps us looking unto Jesus to the end of the race!
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