Anchoring Hope

Pastor Ed Young - Lead Pastor of Fellowship Church
Ed Young

August 11, 2023

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Read

Psalm 33:20-22 "We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you."

Think

Could you imagine being on a ship in the middle of a stormy sea? The waves are relentless, and the wind is howling. In that chaos, the anchor becomes the ship's most crucial asset. It stabilizes the vessel and prevents it from being swept away. In our lives, the Lord is that anchor, a secure hope in the middle of life's storms.

This passage from Psalm 33 paints a picture of total dependence on God. Our hope, joy, and trust are anchored in him. It's not merely wishful thinking but a confident expectation that God is our help and shield.

Consider a child's trust in a loving parent. They leap fearlessly into their arms, knowing they will be caught. That's the kind of trust we're to have in God. It's a trust that leads to rejoicing, not because our circumstances are always pleasant, but because our God is always faithful.

The final plea for God's unfailing love to be with us reminds us of our continual need for his presence. It's not a one-time act of trust, but a daily – even moment-to-moment – reliance on him. Just as a ship's anchor must be securely lodged to be effective, our hope must be firmly grounded in the Lord.

Apply

Identify an area in your life where you're struggling to trust God. What would it look like to anchor your hope in him in this situation? Spend some time in prayer, giving this concern to God, and asking for his help and guidance.

Pray

Lord, you are my hope and my shield. Help me to trust in you fully. I trust you, God, and ask that your love guide me. Help my hope be firmly anchored in you, no matter the circumstances. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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