Vain Hopes

I, like so many other Americans, love the idea of picking myself up by my bootstraps. I'll work harder, stronger, and longer to overcome adversity. A strong work ethic is honorable, but this week I was convicted of rely on myself more than on God.

"A horse is a vain hope for deliverance." Those words echoed through my head. For a day or so, I just meditated on that portion of the verse, reminding myself that only God is the true Deliverer.

Finally, I flipped to the back of my study Bible and sought out the context. Psalm 33. The chapter was already well-loved. It had a star, underlines, and brackets. Psalm 33: 16-22 has my favorite part.

No king is saved by the size of his army;

    no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
    despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
    and keep them alive in famine.
20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.

These verses reminded me just who this God I serve really is. He is my help and shield. His love is unfailing. He can be trusted. Why would I want to depend on myself when "He who gathers the waters of the sea into jars" tells me that He is working for my good?

Living these truths out it never easy. I'm praying verse 22 for myself and for you this week.

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