John Piper on Psalm 42:11

| Fri, Jul 19, 2013 | Set 3 Week 29

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The following is a sermon excerpt from What Is Hope? by Pastor John Piper. It is a great life application of texts such as Psalm 42:11.

In my life—and I think it is the intended biblical pattern—hope is like a reservoir of emotional strength.

  • If I am put down, I look to the emotional reservoir of hope for the strength to return good for evil. Without hope, I have no power to absorb the wrong and walk in love, and I sink into self-pity or self-justification.
  • If I experience a setback in my planning—I get sick, or things don’t go the way I’d hoped in the board meeting, for example—I look to the emotional reservoir of hope for the strength to keep going and not give up.
  • If I face a temptation to be dishonest, to steal, to lie, or to lust, I look to the emotional reservoir of hope for the strength to hold fast to the way of righteousness, and deny myself some brief, unsatisfying pleasure.

That is the way it works for me. That is the way I fight for holiness in the Christian life. And I believe this is the biblical way to make our calling and election sure.

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