Hope in Praise (Day 4)

The Leader Connection blog is bursting with renewed hope! You too can expect your hope to surge during our ministry-wide True Hope Challenge now through May 1. As we drink deeply of the Psalms together, invite a fellow leader or friend to join us on the journey toward hope by signing up at ReviveOurHearts.com/True-Hope. And, don’t forget to leave a comment to let us know how your hope is making a comeback! Leslie Bennett, Women’s Ministry Initiatives

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. —Psalm 42:5–6

Our hope: I have hope because Jesus will make all things right and joyful again.

Can you sympathize with the psalmist’s heartache?

"My tears have been my food day and night. . . . I say to God, my rock: 'Why have you forgotten me?" (Ps. 42:3, 9).

If so, there is True Hope in Jesus for you today. You don’t have to despair. He has given you all you need to choose praise, as our psalmist friend did:

"Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God" (Ps. 42:5–6).

Friend, Jesus—your God—is also your salvation! He will make all things right and joyful again. Even if your worship feels half-hearted and transient, it’s a rehearsal of that certain joy to come. So today, relying on God’s grace, sing in the night (v. 8) . . . and perhaps, eventually, your heart will join in.

Reflect and Respond:

Read Psalm 42.

  • What are you looking forward to Jesus making right when He returns?
  • As you hope for this, how practically can you choose to praise Him today?
  • Is there a specific truth you can encourage your heart with, as the psalmist did?

Go deeper:

To go deeper into finding hope through praise, check out these resources:

Giveaway:

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What is one thing you can praise Jesus for today?

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About the Author

Hayley Mullins

Hayley Mullins

Hayley Mullins is a musician by training, a writer by calling, and a child of God by grace. Her passion is helping people find abundant life in Christ through life-on-life discipleship and the written word. She serves as the Managing Editor at Revive Our Hearts. When she’s not writing, you can find Hayley chasing adventures in libraries, on hiking trails, and through deep conversations.

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