Hiding Hope in Your Heart

Donna Bucher

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Entering the new year with Hope, God blessed my days with many reflections on Hope, which poured forth here on the blog in many forms. My new One Word Friend seems intent on strengthening my heart for the days ahead. Learning the importance of hiding Hope in your heart helps prepare you for times when your heart loses the strength to see beyond the present darkness.

When the God of Hope hides His Hope in our hearts, we confidently rest in the knowledge that the best is yet to come, even in the darkest of times.

An anchor for our soul (Hebrews 6:19), our Hope in God tethers us to Christ in the storms of life, allowing us to remain present with God above the waves of turmoil seeking to drown us.

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hiding hope for time of drought

At one time or another in the coming year, times of drought and hardship will cross my path. But though I may encounter moments which feel hopeless, as a beloved daughter of God, Hope is never lost.

open bible with the word Hope coming out of it

Hiding Hope in your heart on a daily basis through spending time with the God of Hope equips you for times of drought.

Strengthening your heart daily in God’s Word, reveals God’s character and work in your life, storing up the light of His truth for times when darkness hides His face.

David, the man after God’s own heart demonstrated through the psalms the power of hiding Hope for times of drought.

Psalm 42

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”

These things I remember
    as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
    under the protection of the Mighty One[d]
with shouts of joy and praise
    among the festive throng.

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.

My soul is downcast within me;
    therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
    the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
    in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
    have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
    at night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
    oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
    as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?”

11 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.

a heart strengthened by hope

Perhaps you recall seasons where verses one and two of Psalm 42 illustrated your pain and feeling of distance from God when you most needed Him.

Recalling a very recent time in my own life, the torment of my deep desire for God, contrasted with swirling doubts and mocking thoughts, found utterance in David’s opening words of this psalm.

Hopelessness gripped my heart. The emptiness of feeling distanced from God suffocated my efforts to refocus.

Until the Light of the glorious Hope within spoke of the God of unfailing Love, Presence, and Goodness.

purple painted rock with the word "hope" written on it

Leaning hard into Hope strengthened and enabled me to clear the fog of distress and discouragement, resting instead within God’s faithfulness.

holding onto hope

Resting in remembrance shines as David’s signature first step when his soul becomes downcast. Rather than remain focused on the present distress, David “remembers” God’s faithfulness, goodness and love for him.

David sets the example for all who face distressing times, by reminding us to meditate on God’s past faithfulness and provision.

Our God remains unchangeable. As He was before, He will be again.

But David not only remembers, he boldly rests in the security of his relationship with God by asking “why?”

He directs this question to himself. “Why my soul are you downcast?” Avoiding passivity, he wrestles and examines where his struggle lay. Yes, we understand and accept we will feel discouraged, but we also know we must not remain there.

And so, he strengthens his soul through remembrance of God’s faithfulness in past trials, but also through looking forward through Hope to God’s sovereign care in this trial.

His wrestling reveals the sheer depth of his experience of God’s Presence with him in past times of trouble (deep calls unto deep, verse 7). Leading to his complete Hope in God for the future of his present circumstance.

hiding hope in your heart

The ultimate beauty of this psalm and others like it by David, shines in the vulnerability of reality. We wrestle with distress and discouragement; many times, there are no quick fixes or a clear way forward.

Yet we have a living Hope within our hearts hidden there by the tender, loving hand of God.

As we spend time in His Word, in His Presence, and listening with hearts delighted in Him, our intimacy grows, and with it our Hope becomes firmly embedded in our unchangeable God of Hope.

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