HOPE IN ME, FOR YOU WILL AGAIN PRAISE Me for the help of My Presence.
Sometimes—especially when you are feeling downcast or disturbed—it is hard to continue hoping in Me.
At such times it's important to remember that Christian hope is much more than a feeling.
It is confidence in Me: who I am (your Savior-God) and what I have promised to do (receive you into eternal Glory).
The help of My Presence is a constant in your life, but you are not always receptive to it.
I am training you to exercise your trust and hope in Me by praising Me regardless of your feelings.
The day will come when you will spontaneously burst into songs of worship—joyously praising Me for My glorious Presence!
However, when you rejoice in Me during times of sadness, a marvelous thing happens: Your words of hope and trust in Me lift you above your circumstances.
This sets your feet on an upward path of gratitude—where your Joy increases step by step.
This sacrifice of praise is most pleasing to Me!
"Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence."
—Psalm 42: 5 NASB
"You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory."
—Psalm 73: 24 ESV
"As servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance, in troubles, hardships and distresses. . . . sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything."
—2 Corinthians 6: 4, 10
"Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name."
—Hebrews 13: 15