David appears to be questioning his own despair and why his soul is disturbed within him. The response is one with great application to leadership today: “Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.”
Two thoughts surround David’s emphasis in this Psalm.
The first is the hope that is only found in God. When leaders place hope in their own abilities, or the abilities of others, disappointment results when they are let down. When their hope is placed in possessions, discouragement is left with when those possessions deteriorate or they are stolen. Therefore, the only source of hope that will never disappoint or discourage us is God.
The second is the expression of help that comes from God’s presence. Scripture reminds us of the omnipresence of God. We are comforted by knowing that He is in all places at the same time. There is no place where God is not. His control over all things and presence in all places provides comfort and confidence.
Leaders must always lead with hope in God and the help of His presence.