I have been reading the Psalms over the last few weeks. (The English word psalm, by the way, comes from the Greek word for the sound of the harp [psalmos] or the plucking of a stringed instrument [psallein)].)
Here is one of my favorites, Psalm 112. For me, it is a psalm of hope. I especially like the line “his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord” (v. 7). I have little left but to fully trust Him, after putting forth my very best efforts.
Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
6 Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.
8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.