Hope That Does Not Disappoint
Samuel Johnson, the English writer and critic once said, “He who expects much will often be disappointed.” He was right, of course, from a human standpoint. We all journey through the valley of broken promises, misplaced trust, and broken dreams.
Because people are fickle and life really does stink sometimes, we may make the mistake of transferring our human experience into the spiritual realm. We don’t expect much from God because, after all, what if our expectations are too high?
David answered that question in Psalm 62, which he wrote during a difficult period of his life. Enemies were hunting him, lying about him, and cursing him (vv.3-4). However, David did not despair. He said, “My soul wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him” (KJV).
The Hebrew word translated “expectation” is tiqvah, which means hope. Biblical hope is different from the cotton-candy daydreaming that prompts me to say, “I hope the Dolphins win another Super Bowl” or “I hope Congress balances the federal budget.”
Biblical hope is confidence in the character of God. David knew that God was both mighty and trustworthy: “he is my fortress, I will never be shaken” (vv. 2.6). Therefore, he sat down and waited for deliverance as confidently as a child waits for Christmas morning.
David ended Psalm 62 with the following words: “One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving” (vv.11-12).
We will experience many disappointments in life, but we can be certain that God’s strength and His love will remain constant. Therefore, we can place our hope in Him with complete confidence.
Psalm 130 is a song of hope, too. What reasons does the psalmist give in that psalm for putting his hope in God?
In Joshua 2:18 and 21, the word translated “cord” or “line” is also tiqvah. How is Rahab’s story a good example of biblical hope?
Why do you think tiqvah is used in the following verses? Psalm 9:8, Psalm 71:5, Proverbs 19:18, and Proverbs 24:14?