Wednesday’s Word

For thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth (Psalm 71:5).
The word translated “hope” could also be translated “expectation.” We commonly use the word hope with the understanding of: desire and chance. When God speaks of hope, He describes: desire and expectation. Followers of God have hope in God because He has proven Himself many times over. God has never failed and will never fail. Joshua reminded Israel that God had fulfilled every good promise that He had made to them, as Israel received the Promised Land (Joshua 21:45). God had been faithful to Israel and remained faithful unto them; God has always been faithful unto to followers and continues to be faithful to His followers, therefore we have hope (expectation) in God.
The psalmist also stated that God was his trust. The word translated “trust” carries the idea of: refuge, security, assurance or confidence. God does not change and the word of God does not change, therefore we have assurance and security in God. Man and man’s word are fickle, many variables affect man and his word. God who is eternal, does not change; man, who lives a short time on this earth, changes often. Our trust must not be founded upon man and his word.
God and His word gives us everything which pertains to life and godliness (II Peter 1:3).
Let us not place our hope and trust in the uncertainty of man, but rather in the assurance of God. God offers the assurance of deliverance from the bondage of Satan, salvation from sin and He provides the gift of life eternal. There is nothing man can do or say to provide these things.
Where do you place your hope and your trust?