My soul faints for Your salvation, but I hope in Your word. Psalm 119:81
“Can I get that in writing?” When you are shopping for a car, comparing prices between dealerships, you want a dealer’s best offer to be put in writing—including how long the price is good for. As is often said in all manner of life situations, “If it’s not in writing, it doesn’t exist.” But when it is in writing—the Declaration of Independence, a sales contract, a legal marriage certificate—the document provides a record of the past, assurance in the present, and hope for the future.
Some of those elements of human need—records, assurance, hope—must be part of the reason God committed His promises to writing. The result? Our Bible, the book of the story of God’s revelation and redemption of mankind. While some human documents can be violated or nullified, God’s documents never will be. Like God Himself, His Word is eternal and unchanging (Isaiah 40:8). While our soul may “faint” (grow weary with longing) for God’s deliverance during this life, His Word guarantees His love and our salvation.
But we must know what His Word says. The more of His promises we know, the greater our hope and certainty will be.
True faith is ever connected with hope. John Calvin