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Lord, Let Me Not Be Ashamed of My Hope (Part 10)

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Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more


With the help of the Holy Ghost I have tried to explain the first phrase in the first eight articles, in the subsequent articles starting from this, I shall be explaining by the grace of Yahweh the last phrase of this word of this author in this longest Psalms, Psalms 119:116b, which states that,

“Psa 119:116b … and let me not be ashamed of my hope.”

Before I continue I will want to define the key words in the phrase above which are; ashamed and hope.

Definitions of Key Words

i) Ashamed: The word ashamed in Latin is pudere, while in the Hebrew word which this verse is written in the word is written as “בּוּשׁ” which when romanticized becomes bûsh (boosh is the phonetic spelling of it). This word means to be disappointed, delayed, confounded, become dry, unsettled mind.

ii) Hope: There are different words associated (or written) hope in Hebrew some of the word is yâchı̂yl (pronounced as yaw-kheel') which means expectant (Lam 3:26); another word for it is tiqvâh (pronounced as tik-vaw') which means thing that one longs for (Zechariah 9:12) and machăseh machseh (pronounced as makh-as-eh', makh-seh') which means trust, refuge (Joel 3:16). The Greek word for hope however is elpis (pronounced as el-pece') which means expectation, confidence.

But the word used in this book of Psalms 119:116 is “שֵׂבֶר” which when romanticized becomes śêber (phonetic spelling is say'-ber) which means expectation.

From the above definitions we can deduce that hope is waiting, expecting or looking forward to the manifestation of something that is coming.


What Hope Is Not

It is good to know that hope is not the same as optimism. Let us in brief see the difference because this could be mistaken by believers.

Optimism: Optimism is looking at how circumstances will work out for one’s best.

We can see from this that this definition is different from hope.

Take as instance the case of Father Abraham and Sarah in the book of Genesis 16, we shall see in the bible documentation that Sarah counseled Abraham his husband to have carnal knowledge of their maid because they have been waiting for long for the promised child which has not come. She, according to Yoruba belief perhaps reasoned with her husband that if the damsel could have issue for her husband that would open the door of her womb too to have a child for her husband. That is the ancient belief in Yoruba land still practiced this date. When a couple is barren, people will counsel the couple to try another woman, for if the man could impregnate another woman through the child given birth to the curse has been broken and the first wife too may by that started procreating. This is what Sarah counseled her hubby to do and he did do that and the maid took in.

“Gen 16:2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

Gen 16:3 And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

Gen 16:4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.”

Sarah and Father Abraham here in this story use optimism, they were looking for ways by which what they do will work out for their good, but that was not what the Lord demanded from them, the Lord did not ask them to be optimists, what the Lord asked them for is being hopeful for the promise he has for them.

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It was because of optimism that Judah asks his son’s wife to go back to her father’s house a widow in Genesis 38:11. He based his judgment on what happened previously therefore, he asks the woman to return to her father’s house to see how the circumstances or incidents that have happened in the past (how he lost his two children) will work for the family’s best.

“Gen 38:11 Then said Judah to Tamar his daughter in law, Remain a widow at thy father's house, till Shelah my son be grown: for he said, Lest peradventure he die also, as his brethren did. And Tamar went and dwelt in her father's house.”

Another example of those who use optimism are the ten lepers who met with Jesus while he was going to Jerusalem in the gospel according to saint Luke 17. Those ten lepers ask Jesus to have mercy on them. He knew what they wanted and ask that they go and show themselves to the High Priests according to Mosaic Law for proper examination and analysis to decipher their status of health. (Lev. 13-14)

“Luk 17:14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.”

However, while on their way, every one of them was cleansed of that infirmity.

There is no way that healing will take place in one’s body that one will not know it, even if it is hidden sickness, the person who has been sick will know that something has happened to him or her like the woman with the issue of blood says in the bible.

Every one argues with Jesus when he says a virtue has gone out of his body saying that the multitude is thronging round him yet he is saying virtue has gone out of him. People, disciples were not the ones sick, nor were they the ones that virtues get out of their body; therefore they could argue with their Master. (Mark 5:25-34) It is the person who is sick and the person out of whom virtue has gotten out that know what has happened to them.

Therefore, when Jesus faces the crowd and talk, the person on whom the deed has been performed signaled herself.

“Mar 5:29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.

Mar 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes?

Mar 5:31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?

Mar 5:32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.

Mar 5:33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.”

From the above incident, it was certain that the ten lepers were all aware of what had taken place on their bodies, they all knew they have been cleansed, but it was only one who had hope mingled with faith, who felt within himself that the healing has been done, the perfection has been wrought and he does not need to go ahead with the journey of seeing the high priest again or even if he will go and see the high priest, he felt there is need to appreciate the person who has spoken and it has come to pass on his life.

Albeit, the nine remaining lepers, were full of optimism, they were thinking they need to still watch how the “presumed cleansing” would play out. Therefore, they continued on their journey to seeing the high priest instead of turning back to give thanks to Jesus.


Many of us instead of hope entrenched in faith it is optimism that we switch to while interacting with God and this has cause a lot of troubles for us, denying us the benefits that the Lord has for us.


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