I work out. Run sometimes. Go to Crossfit other times. I’ll walk a bit, too. My fitness is important to me and I work to strengthen my muscles and decrease the flab. I have learned over the years that it isn’t enough to run once in awhile. I have to be consistent with my workouts or I will lose my fitness.
The key to being fit is determination and hard work. I will always be fit; I will workout more and more.
Hope is like that. It’s not something we always have unless we do our spiritual workouts. It’s something that we need to build with discipline and effort. Lucky for us, the Psalmist gives one of the formulas to keep our hope alive when he declares, “I will praise you more and more.”
Worshipping God, praising God, strengthens us and builds our spiritual muscles.
Psalm 71 is not just about having hope and praising God. It is filled with trials, accusers, enemies, and hardship. But all of these circumstances are met with declarations of God’s faithfulness and righteousness.
“Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens, you have done great things. Who is like you, God? Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.” Psalm 71:19-20
When we face hard things, God doesn’t ask us to ignore them. It’s good to be honest about the tough things that we face. But we should be careful to not put too much weight on our difficult circumstances. No matter what we deal with God is with us. And when we praise him more and more, we just might find that we will always have hope.