1 O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory. 2 The Lord has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. 5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it. 8 Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy 9 at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).
The Christian life is a life that is steeped in hope. That hope is borne out of the promises of God and from the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
This small passage in Hebrews reminds those of us who are Christians to remember what it is that the rest of the world has lost: hope. Just what is this hope that we have been given? First, we have been given the hope that our salvation has been assured. This has all been accomplished because of this Jesus, the Son of the Living God, coming to earth and taking upon himself our sinfulness in order that we can be free from the power of sin and death. That is a tremendous point of our hope! Because of Jesus, there is nothing that will keep us from the presence of God – it has been covered by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus.
This hope is rooted in the fact that there is a God who loves us deeply and dearly. There is no question about this. God loves us. He loves us so much that there was nothing he wasn’t willing to do on our behalf. In fact, the power of that love brought life to that which was dead!
Our hope comes from knowing that we have a promise that one day Jesus will come back and reclaim his bride and we will be taken to heaven to reign and dwell with him for all eternity. Jesus is preparing a home for each of us and one day we will inherit that home and we will live in a place in which all the pain, all the sorrow, all of the brokenness, all of the tears, all of the struggles – they will no longer exist.
We have hope because even as we wait between the ages – we have been promised that God is with us. This is not some superficial thought – this is a fact. Jesus is with us now. He is the one who comforts us in our struggles. He is the one who binds up our wounds. He is the one who walks with us – even in the darkest moments of our lives.
Why can we hang on to this hope? Because we know that the one who has promised is faithful. The one who promised that he is the way, the truth, and the life – he has proven that he is just that. He is the way of redemption, He is the truth of the Father in heaven, revealed to creation, and he is the life that brings us back to life.
There are so many things that we could say about the hope that we have been given…but the reality is: our hope is sure, it is certain, and it is rooted in Jesus, God made flesh. And we need to confess this hope.
Perhaps that is the most important part of this passage – the confession of our hope. What do I mean? We live in a world that is a very dark place. It is a world, right now, that is sad, angry, lonely, dark. In the last decade, there has been an increase in conversation regarding suicide. The truth is: it is climbing. We live in a world that doesn’t know hope! That is why it is so important for the people of God to know our hope and to confess our hope! Beloved, we are the image bearers of Christ in the world – and Christ is the hope of the salvation and redemption of the world. If we do not know that hope ourselves, how will we ever be the Light to the nations, the salt of the earth?
The world needs to see Light. The world needs to know hope – and that is found in Jesus, Son of God, Son of Man. It is time that Christians profess the hope we know is true because of the one who has promised that we may shine Light into a world that is dying.
O God, the King eternal, who dividest the day from the darkness, and turnest the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far off from us all wrong desires; incline your hearts to keep thy law; and guide our feet into the way of peace, that having done thy will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when the night cometh, rejoice to give thee thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.