Judeo-Christian Themes in the Smashing Pumpkins’ Oceania, Part 5: Hope From Despair

The notion of despair turning into hope runs throughout the Bible. Many of the Psalms start out on unhappy notes before turning toward hopefulness. For example, take a look at the beginning and the end of Psalm 69:

1 Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. 2 I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me. 3 I am worn out calling for help; my throat is parched. My eyes fail, looking for my God. 4 Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal.

5 You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you.

6 Lord, the LordAlmighty, may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me; God of Israel, may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me.

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30 I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. 31 This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves. 32 The poor will see and be glad— you who seek God, may your hearts live! 33 The Lord hears the needy and does not despise his captive people.

34 Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and all that move in them, 35 for God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah. Then people will settle there and possess it; 36 the children of his servants will inherit it, and those who love his name will dwell there.