Overflow with hope

Romans 15--13

As part of the benediction from the closing chapter of Romans, the Verse of the Day for March 18, 2018 speaks a joyful, peaceful blessing full of hope to believers:

Romans 15:13 (NIV):

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

As Christian believers we go to the Word of God and find out that God is our hope. The Psalmist offers this marvelous reminder:

Psalm 71:5

For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust from my youth and the source of my confidence.

One of the verses from “Amazing Grace” also encourages us:

The Lord has promised good to me

His Word my hope secure

He will my strength and portion be

As long as life endures.

One definition of hope is the expectation of a future good, as Romans 8:23-25 also speaks of our hope:

 23 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

The Verse of the Day with its reference to God’s desire that our lives “abound in hope” or “overflow in hope,” brought to mind the closing verse of “Good News Day”:

It’s a live it up day

overflowin cup day

It’s a bright and bubbly

doubly lovely

Show-nuff good news day

Because our lives are overflowing with hope, these words encourage and strengthen us to be:

Drinking from the Saucer

John Paul Moore

I’ve never made a fortune,
And I’ll never make one now
But it really doesn’t matter
‘Cause I’m happy anyhow

As I go along my journey
I’m reaping better than I’ve sowed
I’m drinking from the saucer
‘Cause my cup has overflowed

I don’t have a lot of riches,
And sometimes the going’s tough
But with kin and friends to love me
I think I’m rich enough

I thank God for the blessings
That His mercy has bestowed
I’m drinking from the saucer
‘Cause my cup has overflowed

He gives me strength and courage
When the way grows steep and rough
I’ll not ask for other blessings for
I’m already blessed enough

May we never be too busy
To help bear another’s load
Then we’ll all be drinking from the saucer
When our cups have overflowed

We close with Cheri Keaggy offering Romans 15:13 as “the Benediction Song”

 

 

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