“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen as His heritage . . . Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in Him, because we trust in His holy name. Let Your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in You.” -Psalm 33:12, 20-22 (ESV)
Noah Webster defines HOPE as the following:
- A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that is obtainable, and
- Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good; as a hope founded on God’s gracious promises.
These two descriptions of the word could not be any different. I prefer the second definition! When placing my hope in God, I have confidence and the highest degree of well-founded expectation!
As our nation prepares to celebrate her independence in the next few days, let us put our hope in Him. Let’s realize that blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Let us look to Him, waiting and trusting in His holy name.
Charles Spurgeon said, “The way of holiness is not a track for slaves, but the King’s highway for freemen.” A nation who honors our Lord with holiness is a blessed nation. May America bless God and may we hope that God blesses America. But don’t forget that our time here on earth is temporal.
Paul said in Philippians 3:20, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”