Never to Give Up Hope

But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.
—Psalm 38:15

There's something to be said for hope. And, as I've said recently (see my morning devotion for May 6) waiting and hoping are closely tied together, both theologically and linguistically. To wait can be boring and tedious and angst-ridden. But to truly wait for God is active and hopeful. In commenting on today's verse, John Calvin said, "Certainly, the human mind will never be framed to gentleness and meekness, nor will it be able to subdue its passions, until it has learned never to give up hope."

Help me, O God, to wait for you; help me never to surrender to despair. Amen.