We can hope because God helps us in extraordinary manners and His helps is as sure and as certain as our prayer. He upholds our lives through His encouragement of our faith and our hope not only exists but is sustained.
So when David prayed such prayers we not they were not random but offered in the exercise of faith. He knew God was at his side to defend him and with that faith he knew he could handle the obstacles as they came, even the moments of despair when they appeared. What gives us hope is that we know David’s life. He was all over the place but could still speak of God being near him and could recognize the gracious presence of God. Where did David get his hope from? God was glorified in every act of every man who was with David and even though they were few in number, possessed little power, had more fears than David had – David knew and believed that under the guidance and protection of God that would be superior and God’s help would more than abundantly compensate for all.
The Lord then becomes the champion of all champions, friend and confidant. He upholds us using the efforts of friends who support us.
Oh Righteous God,
Bring relief from the pain and suffering of my life.
Help us to look to you to show us good in the midst of bad.
Let your face shine on us. Bring hope and joy to my heart once again.
Allow my sleep to one again be peaceful.
Let me dwell with you in safety. Amen.
The 1719 hymn O God, Our Help in Ages Past by Isaac Watts and William Croft, reminds us that God has been our help in the past and will continue to be our hope in the years to come:
O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come; Be Thou our guide while life shall last, And our eternal home.
But surely, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. – Psalm 54:4