PASTOR'S PEN: Put your hope in God

In my reading this morning, I came across Psalm 71. It recalls the faith of someone who has been following the Lord since his youth and is now at the latter part of his life. Though there is no particular author given, I could see David as an old man looking back over the years and recalling how God had protected him and cared for him: From the mighty Goliath to King Saul. From the enemies of Israel to being chased by his own child. God had watched over David throughout his life.

The Psalmist here reflects on God as his “rock of refuge” and his “fortress.” God had delivered in the past and now, as the Psalmist is apparently going through another attack at the hands of his enemies, he still trusts in the Lord. Psalm 71:14 says this, “But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.”

The Psalmist recognizes the salvation God has brought to him and the help He will continue to bring. He knows that there is no one like God. He states in verses 20-21, “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, You will restore my life again ... You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.” Can you say the same thing when going through troubles in your life? When they are difficult and hurtful and beating down upon you, do you still trust God to take care of you? Do you still praise Him and “proclaim His mighty acts and righteousness?”

I hope I can encourage you today. Whatever you are going through, do as the Psalmist did, put your hope in the Holy One of Israel. He has proven Himself worthy of trust time and time again.