Crossroads: My Hope is in the Lord

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Psalm 121

Your Story

Talk about a time when you were having a hard time and you received help from God. Maybe God sent someone at just the right time or something happened to help you recognize that God was at work in your life.

My Story and the Bible Story

Read Psalm 121. From the NIV: I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

I am a worrier by nature. When things go wrong, I get anxious. When things have the possibility of going wrong, I get anxious then too. So it is comforting to know that the Lord who watches over us doesn’t sleep. God doesn’t get tired. God doesn’t get anxious. My help goes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. God is the one who can calm me down. God is the One I can always turn to no matter what. And the best part about it is that God already knows what I need. And God knows what you need as well. God is for us. God wants what is best for us. Is what’s best for us always what we want? It isn’t. But our help comes from God. God knows what we need before we ever say the words. And not only does our help come from God, our hope comes from God as well. During last year’s Cave Quest VBS, we sang a song called “My Hope is in the Lord.” You can find it here. The song says:

I can’t help but feel a little down.
A little worried when I look around.
That’s why my hope is in,
My hope is in the Lord.
I fix my eyes upon the God who gives,
‘Cause all I need is what I have in him.
That’s why my hope is in,
My hope is in the Lord.
My hope is in the Lord.
I belong to him.
He will never let me go-oh-oh-oh.
My hope is in the Lord.
I can count on him.
My hope is in the Lord.

We can trust that our help comes from the Lord. We can hope in the Lord because God will not let us down. The Lord watches over us. God is our help, our hope, and our salvation. When you are having a hard time, remember that God is there. The Lord is not sleeping and isn’t playing video games. The Lord is there with you no matter what happens. God loves and cares for you and our hope is in God!

Discussion

• Ask your children to talk about times when they have trusted God. What was the situation? What happened?
• Talk about ways to practice trusting in God this Lenten season. Maybe for you that means that every time you feel anxious or worried, you pray. Every time you feel scared, you pray. Every time something happens, you pray.

Prayer

Thank God for never leaving us. Ask God for help in remembering that He watches over us. Praise God for being our help and our hope.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

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