1 Peter 1:3
We have such a wonderful song in our hearts to sing because of the living hope that Christ gives us. This morning my time with the Lord, took me to a place where I am reminded that I not only have hope, but that the hope I have is a “living” hope.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Last night in corporate worship the Lord moved on the hearts of many people in the group. When I think about how He moved among us in our worship, I begin to understand the “living hope” the apostle Peter is describing. As we worshiped the living God, he made himself known to us through prophetic words, softening hearts and tearing down the kingdom of the enemy. It was an amazing sight. God was showing us what living hope can do.
As we started to worship last night, we first listened to a song from a CD and then we played some live music. At one point the Lord took us to Psalm 95. Three things are happening there in that Psalm. The celebration of God, the response of His people to who God is and then in verse 8, “if you hear his voice”; the expectant result of praise and worship. Its not a formula but a cultivating of the heart to create a place for God to speak and for His children to hear Him. It is His good pleasure to reveal Himself as our living hope, through the praises of his children.
Hope we place in people and things is powerless. A hope in a job, paycheck, skill or talent- all empty. We don’t have to just hope that our day gets better, or hopefully this impossible situation will work itself out. We can turn our heart to praise and worship the One who gave us a hope that is alive, that is moving, working, changing, creating; all on our behalf. This is the gift of “living hope” from God, because of what was done on the cross through Jesus Christ!
Rejoice in Him today, with thanksgiving in your heart and a song on your lips! Then you will be face to face with the manifest presence and joy of Lord. You will no longer have an empty hope but a living hope, to carry you onward and upward!