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As Long As I Have A God
"I will always cherish hope; I will not give up to despair; I will trust in God whatever may be the number, the power, and the confidence of my enemies. None of these things shall make me despair, for as long as I have a God, I have every ground for hope. No man should despair who has God for His Friend." - Barnes' Notes
O Child of God, are these your sentiments? Is this your confession of Faith? Will you always "cherish hope" no matter which circumstances may come your way? Are you determined never to "give up to despair"? Will you trust in God regardless of the "number, the power, and the confidence" of your enemies? Are you resolved in your heart that nothing and no one will cause you to quit?
"For as long as I have a God, I have every ground for hope."
Why don't you let these words sink down deep within your soul?
Think about it! As long as you are Born-Again, your sins are washed away in the Blood of Jesus, and your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life. You have God Almighty on your side - fighting your battles and meeting your needs. No weapon formed against you could possibly prosper(Isaiah 54:17). No enemy can stand against the "Greater is He" that is within you(.1 John 4:4).
O Believer in Jesus, you are an overcomer - more than a conqueror. Through your Faith in Jesus as the Living Son of God, you have overcome and will overcome any circumstance or situation in this world.
You never need to despair. You never need to give up or throw in the proverbial towel. You never need to think about quitting or turning back.
Just remember that you are not in this battle alone. You have a God Who can solve any problem and right any wrong. Oh! Bless His Sweet and Holy Name!
That is why David was able to encourage himself in the Lord by saying - "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the health of my countenance, and my God"(Psalm 42:11). He recognized that his soul was brought low, bowed down, stooping, gloomy, and sorrowful. His thoughts and emotions were experiencing a great commotion. He was feeling distressed and troubled to the point where all he could do was moan and cry aloud in sorrow and despair.
What turned him around?
He remembered his confidence. It was not in himself or another man. It was in God. And it was the ground for his hope.
"Hope thou in God" - His troubles, as always, would come to an end. The Lord would help him. He was assured of that. He would have ample opportunity to once again praise His God for His Faithfulness.
Psalm 71:14 says - "But I will hope continually, and will yet praise Thee more and more." David's Faith was doing the talking here - "But I will hope continually..." He had a choice. He could have - ...given up...gotten discouraged and quit...yielded to self-pity, depression, and confusion...cursed his enemies in his heart for their cruel and oppressive treatment...sought for revenge or retaliation...or gotten angry, bitter, and resentful toward God for all the negative things that were happening to him.
Instead, he said - "But I will hope..." "I will..." "I will..." "I will..."
He may have thought in his heart - "No one is going to stop me either. I will hope. I will not be discouraged or depressed. I will not let anything pull me down. I will hope..."
"..And I will hope continually. I am not going to have hope just today and then be depressed tomorrow. I will not hope this week and then next week be back under the cloud of depression because of my circumstances."
No, David hoped "continually." Therefore, he expected continuous blessings. He expected one deliverance to succeed another. He expected one blessing to follow another. He had an assurance that the Lord God would intervene on his behalf.
Because of God's Perfect Faithfulness unto him in the past, he was confident that he would "yet praise Thee more and more." As his blessings increased, so would his praise.
Romans 15:13 says - "Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." In 1 Timothy 1:1, the Apostle Paul refers to the Lord Jesus Christ as our "hope." Here, in Romans 15:13, he addresses Him as the "God of hope."
In a world that is surrounded with hopelessness, how comforting it is for us to personally know this God Whose name is the "God of Hope." How encouraging it is that He inspires and produces "hope" in all of His people at all times and in every situation. He is the author, the object, the builder, and the foundation of our "hope."
The reason why the world's "hope" is fleeting and deceiving is because it is not founded on the Lord Jesus - Who is mankind's only means of life, peace, righteousness, or blessing.
When the believers take their eyes off of Jesus, and place them on the things of this world, they become like unto the heathen - following vain or false "hopes" which only lead to disappointment, discouragement, depression, despair, and tragically, sometimes even suicide. "Through the power of the Holy Ghost," it is God's will - not only that the Christians have "hope" in this world and then in the world to come - but that they "abound" in it. This simply means that their "hope" is always steadfast, secure, and strong; and that they have full assurance that all of their expectations will be fulfilled.
Psalm 119:116 says - "Uphold me according unto Thy Word, that I may live; and let me not be ashamed of my hope." God never wants us to be disappointed or disillusioned - "ashamed" of our hope. We will never feel let down as long as Jesus is holding us up, or we are leaning on His everlasting arms. The moment we lean on the "arm of the flesh," we are in trouble. It is then that we will become frustrated and our "hope" will become delusive and vain.
That is why the Psalmist earnestly pled for God's sustaining grace to keep him from falling, failing, or tiring. He knew that he needed this grace to bear any afflictions, resist all temptations, and overcome his enemies. He knew that he could only "live" through His enabling power.
As long as we are under the "umbrella" of God's grace and do not turn aside to evil or become weary in well-doing, then we can count on never being "ashamed" of our hope. We will never be disappointed.
Perhaps today you are "walking through the fire" - so to speak.
Things are falling apart all around you.
It doesn't look like you are going to make it through this "storm."
You are growing weary and tired from the constant battles.
The enemy harasses you day and night with his hopeless counsel - "Just quit it all! Give up! Nothing is going to change! You'll never get out of this one! This is impossible! Nobody cares for you! You're on your own! Even God has forgotten you!"
Satan is a liar!
Don't forget these words - "For as long as I have a God, I have every ground for hope."
God will make a way where there seems to be no way. Take your focus off of your low resources and place them on the Almighty Power of God. Jesus will see you through. He's done it before, and He will do it again!
The songwriter said it this way - "Hasn't He always come through for you? He's the same God as then.
You may not know how; you may not know when, but He'll do it again!"
The next time someone asks you how you are doing, why not respond with this answer of Faith - "I am rejoicing in hope"(Romans 12:12).
May God Bless His Word.