Memorize Psalm 139:4-5
From Aaron Gray
Matthew Henry was a Welsh pastor in the 1600’s, and he has some interesting things to say regarding this beautiful Psalm about God’s presence in our lives and His loving power at work in them. Henry connects this Psalm to a really interesting verse in the New Testament, 1 Peter 3:15 – “Always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that is in you.” I’ve always thought of that that verse encouraging us to focus on how to lay out the Christian worldview in a logical, apologetics sort of way that would be palatable to secular people, but I think Henry is on to something here. What better reason for having hope in this life than believing in a God who is intimately acquainted with every part of our being? What better reason for having hope than a God who is always with us no matter what situation we find ourselves in? What better reason for having hope than a God who has an all-powerful hand in our life and who is working our circumstances and our heart for our good? Honestly I can’t imagine a better reason for hope, and that is a beautiful hope that we can share with the people in our lives.
He is The Master Storyteller, and the characters in His story don’t know how the tale will go – but He does. God knows our biggest dreams, our darkest fears, our deepest hurts. And He loves His children deeply, in spite of their flaws and scars. Like a writer who develops an affection for his characters as he pours effort into developing them, God has an incredible affection for His characters, who He not only created, but who can talk to Him and interact with Him – more than just a creation, but a relationship. He knows what we are going to say before we say it, He knows the challenges we are up against, and He hears our groaning when we cry out to Him – and when we can’t see how things are going to work out – He knows how the story of our life is going to go. Isn’t that a beautiful reason for hope?