Psalm 33:20-22 (NLT)
We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.
As I drove down the road I realized I didn’t have any cash with me. At first my mind started racing, wondering if there would be an ATM near that wouldn’t charge me a fee. So many things can happen when you’re out of town and I didn’t want to be stuck somewhere without any money.
My mind relaxed. “If anything happens, I can just use my credit card,” I thought. I felt relieved.
I hate to admit that much of my hope is connected to credit cards and other resources I have at my disposal. I may not have a physical shield that protects me in battle, but I do have financial resources which protect me.
Being poor isn’t that you lack money, but options. I have plenty of resources, even if I don’t have much money. After all, I can always use my credit card and worry about payment later. I have family and friends who will come to my aid. I have options. Some aren’t so lucky.
When I read this Psalm, I read with the backdrop of having plenty of options. I say my hope is in the Lord, but my real hope, as evidenced by my trip out of town, seems to be elsewhere.
How can I, with so many resources, say with the psalmist, “my hope is in the Lord” and not trust in my shield, resources, or options? How would my life be different if God were truly my only hope?
Lord, you said the poor would see God, yet am I rich. Help me to let go of my resources so that you are my shield and hope.