March 31, Oxygen for the Soul

Today’s reading: Psalm 119

“Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed” - Psalm 119:116.

The psalmist had put his hope in the Lord and asked the Lord to keep those hopes alive and not let them be dashed. Someone once said that hope is oxygen for the soul. Hope is wishing for something for which there is no specific promise from God that He will do it, but there is also no reason why He will not do it. You can wish for a new car and then one day you have faith that you will get that car. In a sense, hope is an optimism that God will do good for you regardless of what you are encountering at the moment. It is also described in Psalm 138:8b, when the psalmist wrote, “The Lord will accomplish what concerns me.” Are you optimistic? What do you have hope that God will do for you? Do you act like you have hope or are you pessimistic about the present and the future?