My Thoughts about Worship —- Hope is not dead

Have you ever heard the phrase that says “Where there is life, there is hope?” Hope is a strong expectation in a possible outcome. It is a sense that what is desired can be had or that things expected will work out for the best. Hope enables us to set goals; it gives us something to look forward to. When hope is gone, there usually is no picture for the future. There is no basis for faith when there is no hope.  Many are faced with seemingly hopeless situations daily. Many have been wrestling with this idea of hope and can’t seem to see any hope in sight. I even heard someone tell me recently that “hope is dead.” That individual was expressing his frustration in a particular area of his life. I mean is hope itself, the ability to have strong expectations, is that really dead? No, hope is not dead, it is impossible for hope to die. Why so emphatic a statement you might ask. Well I am emphatic because I am not talking about a hope that is based on a man. I am taking about a hope that finds its root in the most High. The book of Romans talks about this hope, it says:

And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God. 3Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. 4And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of [c]character (approved faith and [d]tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] [e]joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation.  5Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. (Romans 5:2-5)

We are told to rejoice in our hope of enjoying the glory of God, this hope is a strong expectation that God’s glory and presence would permiate the issues we face in life. This hope is not just “wishful thinking,” it is a hope that never disappoints, deludes or shames us. Regardless of what we might be facing when this hope in God is in operation it connects us to God’s resources which eventually releases the faith we need to get things done.So how do we tie hope to worship? well, Ephesians 1:11-13 says the following

11In Him we also were made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will,  12So that we who first hoped in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him have been destined and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory!

In essense, our hope in Christ (in His ability to turn dead situations around, in His ability to save us) qualifies us to live for the praise of His glory. In other words, the reason why we can live a life for the praise of His glory is because we have hope in Him. We will never be able to be a blessing to our world, shine as the lights that we are, influence others positively if there is no hope. When we look at the lives of all the great men and women of faith, you will discover that they were also men and women of hope in God. Maybe you may have had your expectations dashed, maybe you did not get the raise or praise from your boss, maybe your life seems to be in a hopeless situation, there is still hope. Hope is not dead, be convienced that God is able, keep your expectations on Him up and when you do, you will be living your life for His glory. God bless.

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