18 “But the Lord watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
19 He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.
20 We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.”
Hope in the Lord means recognizing His love that surrounds us. Trusting his character makes our heart rejoice. When we fear God, we rely on the unfailing love that defines Him. Even during times when death is near or when we are walking in the shadow of the valley of death, He rescues us from the evil of despair that lurks nearby. He provides for us in times of famine and keeps our souls nourished by His unfailing love.- Teresa