Crossroads: My Hope is in the Lord

Psalm 25:1-10

Your Story

How has God come through for you? How has your hope in God been proven true?

My Story and the Bible Story

There’s a song we sang in VBS a few years ago called “My Hope is in the Lord.” Here are the lyrics:

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
My hope is in the Lord
I can count on him
My hope is in the Lord”

Sometimes this world seems hopeless. There are times when it feels like God has left us and nothing will get better. There are times when we worry that our hope in God is for nothing. As the song says, there are times when we feel down and worried when we look around. But, like the Psalmist, we realize that our hope is in the Lord and that we can count on God.

Read Psalm 25:1-10. From the Message: “My head is high, God, held high; I’m looking to you, God; no hangdog skulking for me. I’ve thrown in my lot with you; You won’t embarrass me, will you? Or let my enemies get the best of me? Don’t embarrass any of us who went out on a limb for you. It’s the traitors who should be humiliated. Show me how you work, God; school me in your ways. Take me by the hand; lead me down the path of truth. You are my Savior, aren’t you? Mark the milestones of your mercy and love, God; rebuild the ancient landmarks. Forget that I sowed wild oats; mark me with your sign of love. Plan only the best for me, God! God is fair and just; he corrects the misdirected, sends them in the right direction. He gives the rejects his hand, and leads them step-by-step. From now on every road you travel will take you to God. Follow the Covenant signs; read the chartered directions.”

We can put our hope in God because we can trust that God is there for us. God is our Savior and knows what’s best for us. God is fair and just, and God will lead us step-by-step. When the world tells us that God isn’t real, we can trust that God is. We know that God is through by all the things God has done. God created us and our world. God made the leaves so that they change in the Fall, and come back every Spring. God made the flowers to bloom and the grass to grow. God made animals to adapt to their environments, and God made us to worship God. The God who made us and redeems us is the God who is with us. Our hope is in God because we can count on God. So don’t worry that God’s going to desert you. Don’t worry that your hope is for nothing. God is always there; God will never leave us. Our hope is in the right place: The Lord!

Discussion and Prayer

• Talk about ways God has shown you the He is real.
• Talk about times when God has shown you that you can trust God.
• How can we share our hope in God with others?

Pray, thanking God that we can always hope in God. Ask God for help in sharing God’s love and hope with others.

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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