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One Voice Makes A Difference with Janet Swanson

Jan 2, 2023

Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred makes the heart sick (weak),
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Hope deferred refers to hope that is delayed!  Have you ever felt like your hope is delayed or that the promise is delayed? 

Hope in Hebrew means to wait it out, staying the course as long as it takes. You are  waiting for God's outcome with faith-hoping and triumphant endurance, looking to the end.

I love what David said about hope

Psalm 27:13-14 New King James Version

13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.

14  Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!


Wait in Hebrew: ) tied to its expectation

Say this with me, “I am tied to my hope and my hope is tied to me! 

We all know what Jeremiah 29:11 says, but it is so powerful. God wants to give us a future full of HOPE! 

Have you ever prayed this prayer before? 

Psalm 42:11

Why, my soul, are you downcast (despair)? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.


Despair in Hebrew: shāḥaḥ – bowed down, crouched in submission,

Disturb in Hebrew: hāmâ –, growl, roar; (figuratively) be in commotion ("deeply stirred"), implying boisterous, turbulent behavior like howling, mourning, tumultuous wailing ("roaring"); the rush and roar of a throng. 


Yet Praise

Yet: ʽôd̠ –continuance ("still persisting") referring to "continuance and persistence. . . for still expressing addition or repetition 

It’s translated as moreover, besides, still, yet, again. In  each case the core-idea is continuance (persistence). It literally means do again – "keep something going in a cycle" which persists or still happens ("yet," “more").

Praise: yād̠â – to cast, throw on-target (hit the "bull's-eye") – acknowledge as "spot on"; grateful recognition which includes thanksgiving, confession, or praise –


To lift or throw arms upward in praise and surrender.

The word yodah is a gesture of throwing out one’s arms in celebration or confession. You may already pray this way at your church. People raise their hands, but they are as if they are tossing something. With yodah, the picture of arms extended also connotes the idea of confession in the word. Does praise include confession? Indeed, to praise in this manner is to extend our arms as an expression of our need for God.

What an encouragement to know that the presence of God is help to us! 

Here are a few more passages in Psalms for further devotion and study. When you read the following passages, extend your arms toward God. It may even be your palms raised. The important part is to admit your need for God and his presences.

Psalm 43:4 – Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy; and upon the lyre, I shall praise You, O God, my God.

Psalm 71:22 – I will also praise You with a harp, even Your truth, O my God, to You I will sing praises with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 89:5 – The heavens will praise Your wonders, O lord, Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

I encourage to hang this scriptures in your home or put them in your car! 

Romans 15:13

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.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Romans 5:1-5 (read in your Bible) 

Psalm 119:114 You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Micah 7:7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.