Words from the Heart for Friday May 19th, 2017
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Psalm 42:5 (NIV)
Put Your Hope in God
Discouragement and depression affect many people. Some simply cannot even understand why they feel the hopelessness that is trying to swallow them up. For those of us who know the Lord, He is standing ready to respond to us. He is worthy of our hope. He will show us His heart for us. We will have our mouths filled with praise. We belong to Him and He belongs to us.
Kitchener Waterloo is one of the world’s leading hi-tech and research regions not only in Canada, but globally as well. So, it shouldn’t be surprising that of the 72 people that are on a Canadian Space Agency shortlist and hope to become Canada’s newest astronauts, ten have ties to the Waterloo Region and nearby Guelph. Martha Lenio, for example, was born in Kitchener, went through the University of Waterloo’s mechanical engineering program and still lives in Waterloo. Scott VanBommel was born in Kitchener, and has received bachelor and master’s degrees in physics from the University of Guelph. He expects to get his PhD, also in physics, in a few months’ time. Also on the shortlist are Lesha Kolubinski, a flight test engineer who was born in Guelph, and Francis Hane – who obtained his PhD in biophysics at the University of Waterloo.
Every human being has something for which they hope. It is hope that gives us a purpose to get up in the morning and look forward to the future. It is hope that holds us when life seems to be impossible. The Bible speaks often about hope, and points us to the real reason for hope, and for the focus on true hope. Psalm 42:5 says “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Life can be challenging. That statement shouldn’t surprise any of us. We have all had times when we feel like life has punched us in the gut. We are emotionally winded and cannot catch our breath. David found himself in just such a place and he has a conversation with himself. He asks himself some good questions: why is his soul so downcast and disturbed? Outward circumstances lead to these emotions. If we just focus on the negative, we lose hope. Fortunately, David knew how to respond. He turns his gaze from the circumstances and the hopelessness and lifts his eyes to the Lord. He turns from gloom to God and as he does, hope rises. And one aspect of the hope is praise. If you need hope, lift your gaze from your circumstances and lift them to the Lord. And get ready to praise.
These have been words from the heart.