ECOLOGY OF HOPE
Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
(FROM WEBSTER’S ONLINE)
“Resolute comes from the same Latin verb as resolved. When you resolve a question or problem, you come to a conclusion, and once you've reached a conclusion you can proceed to act.”
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
HOPE IS ASSURANCE OF FATHER’S GOODNESS
J.A. MOTYER says of Psalm 103 ”The blend of changeless fatherly care and endless sovereign rule is the distinctive stress of this Psalm.”
Psalm 103 Describes Father God
SLOW TO ANGER
FAITHFUL TO ALL GENERATIONS
IN A WORLD FULL OF EARTHLY FATHERLESSNESS, WE HAVE A HOPE IN OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
“Rules WITHOUT Relationship = Death” Austin Biel
How we Identify with the Father Shapes our Level of Engagement and Effectiveness in the Kingdom
John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
KNOWING THE FATHER BRINGS HOPE
With HOPE there is LIFE
Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.
AS LONG AS I HAVE JESUS, I HAVE HOPE!
Murray Watts, “What people are looking for isn’t communication, but communion. We are looking for community. We are looking for an Ecology of Hope.”