Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Psalm 42:11 

John Piper on Psalm 42:11

| Jul 19, 2013

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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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Trust Trumps Turmoil

| Jul 17, 2013

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Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.—Psalm 42:11 There are two kinds of hope: uncertain hope and certain hope. Christian hope is certain. Hoping for a pay raise, or hoping for the […]

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