Hope in Christ


Psalm 33:18-19 – “Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.”

In ancient days, the strength of a kingdom was measured by the size of its army. The kings themselves depended heavily on their mighty men and trained horses to win wars and subdue enemies. It was in this context that the Psalmist penned the verses preceding today’s Scripture portion, “There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.” (Psalm 33:16-17)

We often look to tangible things for help, support, and deliverance. We look to friends to help us out in a pinch and expect our immediate family to support us. And if for some reason they don’t, we feel disappointed, dejected and hopeless. We are much like the kings who depended on horses, chariots and strongmen.

Today’s verses remind us that when we hope in Christ and revere Him as Lord, He will deliver us. God is a good Father who takes adequate care of His children. He will not let you perish. God will provide what you need and establish you in His love. Where does your hope lie today? In your education, abilities, job, connections, bank balance? Turn to the Lord and put all your hope in Him. He will never put to shame those who wholeheartedly trust in Him.