A Heart That Hopes OLS — Week Five

Have you ever seen God at work in your life?

I know the answer is yes, whether you even realize it or not right now in light of your current season and journey with the Lord.

The thing is that sometimes we have a short memory. No wonder God encourages us throughout His Word to “remember.” He asks us to remember how He has led us (Deuteronomy 8:2), remember His ways (Isaiah 64:5), and to remember who He is (Jeremiah “calling to mind” the character of God in Lamentations 3:21-25).

This week we studied Week Five – Hope When You Need Deliverance, and saw that when we cry out to God in our distress, He hears, answers, and delivers us. We were asked to give a title to Psalm 34. My title was “The Lord Hears and Delivers.” I used Psalm 34:17 as my guide for the title – “The righteous cry, and the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” I believe this is one of the great promises in the Bible and is definitely an encouragement to us when we are in great distress. I always like to say, “You can take that promise all the way to the spiritual bank.” Just know, dear friend, that your name is written on that promise and you can take it in to your prayer closet with the Lord and thank Him for it again and again.

Last week I shared about the importance of crying out to God for help. This week I was even more compelled to pray, perhaps even more than any other time in my entire life. Somehow, God’s Word embedded in my heart in a new way, and the Spirit of God has moved me to pray, pray, and pray some more. I’m taking everything that comes to my mind to God. One set of verses in particular moved me more than any others – Nehemiah 9:27-28. In these verses I saw that God hears from heaven when we cry out to Him in our distress, and acts according to His great compassion by giving us deliverance. I am going to take those promises of who God is and how He works all the way to the spiritual bank. I don’t mean this in the sense of some kind of name it and claim it kind of theology – no, absolutely not. God is our eternal and sovereign God and I cannot presume to say how He will deliver. But He does promise to answer and hear from heaven and act according to His great compassion. To God be the glory.

I believe I understand in a new way why David implored all who read his words to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). David had seen the God of deliverances rescue him time and time again – even in impossible circumstances.

Exploration is a glorious thing. I can’t resist an adventure. Put a high–tech Nikon camera in my hands, and I’m in heaven. So it was as I was walking down this lush garden path at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Papaikou, on the Big Island of Hawaii. You can’t help but take in the fragrant aromas of the orchids, the nearby salty ocean breeze, and the endless variety of tropical foliage. The path narrows as you approach the ocean. That’s where I captured this incredible image, titled The Sweet Aroma of Christ, just as the filtered sunlight illuminated the entire rainforest. I could have easily stayed in that beautiful place for a week, or at least until my camera battery ran out.

What a picture of how it is to “taste and see” that the Lord is good. All you need to do is walk down the path of His great and glorious character and draw near to Him. He promises that when you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you (James 4:8). And then you will grow in your understanding and knowledge of Him. He promises that when you are still and draw near to Him, you will grow in knowing that He is God (Psalm 46:10). What a promise for any who are willing to draw near and know Him!

Oh, how I love the privilege of being able to study God’s Word with you and share together all that He is teaching me. I can hardly believe we are more than halfway through out study! We still have some incredible weeks in some of the most encouraging Psalms in the Bible and I just can’t wait to dig in and meditate on God’s Word.

So, what about you – what is He teaching you? As you have lived in God’s Word this week, may He take all that you are discovering in His Word, and may He apply the healing comfort and blessing of His Word to your heart and soul, and may He give you great and wonderful awe-inspiring hope — Holding On with Patient Expectation!

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Your assignment this next week is to study Week 6, Days 1-7, Hope When You Are In Darkness — Psalm 91. Please feel free to come back here throughout the week to read comments and respond. In our sixth week of study on hope we are going to live in Psalm 91 and discover encouraging promises for you when it seems as though you are surrounded by darkness and cannot see. These promises are so powerful that you can’t help but experience a new and deeper hope in your Lord. At the end of Week Six, you may also want to enjoy the companion Week Six message for A Heart That Hopes In God (Viewer Guide, pp147-148) — Have You Made The Big Move? – Digital M4V Video or Have You Made The Big Move? – Digital MP3 Audio. I will meet you back here with a new post and discussion question on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

I encourage you to use the words of this prayer from my dear friend, Kelly Wysard, to draw near to God as we study God’s Word together —

Precious Lord and Savior, we approach the throne room of grace to give You our devotion and adoration. To tell of our desire to walk in obedience and trust to the One True God, the Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of Heaven and Earth. Creator of all things, and Master of our souls.

May we seek You and serve You with exceeding sweet delight knowing that You alone are drawing us near and making us complete in You. As we open the Word of God and meditate on Your instruction and cling to Your promises, may we become more like You. May we hang on Your every Word for dear life! May Your Word be musical instruction to our ears. May we sing praises treasuring Your glorious revelation one moment at a time on pilgrim’s way. May we have the mind of Christ, dear Father.

Now may the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). May this hope be as an anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:19) as we persevere by the encouragement of the Scripture (Romans 15:4).

We ask all this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord, Amen.

A Prayer For You by Kelly Wysard

And now, dear friend, let’s share together what God is teaching us in the Comments section of this post as we respond to the Sola Scriptura questions.

♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!

Catherine

Sola Scriptura

Have you ever had a time when you cried out to God and realized He heard and answered your prayer? How do you need a rescue from God right now – let’s pray for one another this week asking God for rescue and deliverance according to His great compassion and mercy. What was the most important truth you learned about God this week? What was your favorite quote, insight, or verse this week in your study?
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What does a person do when the worst thing imaginable happens, their life is profoundly altered, and no hope is in sight? Catherine Martin cites numerous real-life accounts of people in crisis, and reveals their source of strength: the truth of God’s Word. A Heart That Hopes in God will take you deep into some of the choice Psalms of comfort, inspiring the kind of hope that will set your heart aflame with love for the Lord.
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