The thing about hope that I maybe didn’t communicate yesterday (it was early!) is that it’s not just blind faith in another world – it is anchored in who God has already shown Himself to be. The Lamentations passage points to who God is as the reason the writer can have hope. His mercy, His goodness, His faithfulness. And when our hope rests on who God is, we find true and lasting satisfaction, because it does not shift with our circumstances, and it is not dependent upon our flimsy, failing hearts.
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
(Psalm 90:14 ESV)
This has become a Psalm that I pray almost daily – that the reality of who God is and His steadfast love would be my source of satisfaction. He displayed that love in sending His Son to the cross to die on my behalf, and He continues to extend it towards me in grace day-in and day-out. If I truly lived in that reality, I could rejoice and be glad all my days.
“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
(Isaiah 55:1-2 ESV)