OVERVIEW: David is unsuccessful in his attempt to not sin. He cries out to God to seek relief from being disciplined.
BIG IDEA: Hope is found in God.
KEY VERSE: Psalm 39:7–8 (David’s prayer)
And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Rescue me from my rebellion. Do not let fools mock me.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
When you’re surrounded by enemies who frustrate you or when you’re disappointed because you said or did the wrong thing, I want you to remember something David said. Exasperated he asked, “What do I look for? My hope is in you.” That’s it. I am your hope. Don’t be overwhelmed by what others do or what you don’t do. Look to me, for I am your hope.
Stop striving to be more than I want you to be. You would accomplish so much more by not trying. It’s counter-intuitive, I know. But if you keep your eyes on me, if you remember I am with you and for you, that will help you focus. It may be the simple mental or spiritual adjustment you need. I am your hope. Today and always, regardless of whether or not you perform a certain way. Look to me. There’s no need to look elsewhere. Simply look to me—frequently.
Life is short. Live for God today. Instead of trying to not sin, put your energy towards focusing on God and listening to him. Each hour during your work or school day, pause to be silent. Tell God you’re listening and be still, whether for five seconds or five minutes.