Scripture: Psalm 119:49-56
Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
The arrogant mock me without restraint, but I do not turn from your law.
I remember your ancient laws, O Lord, and I find comfort in them.
Indignation grips me because of the wicked who have forsaken your law.
Your decrees are the theme of my song whenever I lodge.
In the night I remember your name, O Lord, and I will keep your law.
This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.
Read over this many times today, watched the rightnow media video twice on this chapter. I asked God for understanding of this passage, and I meditated on these verses. These things are starting to become a habit, at least it pops to mind now when I read and before I read. The author in these passages seems to be in some stressful situations. If this is, in fact King David writing, it makes a lot of sense. He was always under persecution it seemed.
Interesting, he is not praying for God to remove the stress or suffering, but rather is recognizing God promises are all he needs. “Your promise preserves my life”, “I do not turn from your law.” , “Your decrees are the theme of my heart”. What an incredibly important concept to try and grasp. God’s promises are enough, despite the circumstances we find ourselves in. Can I do this? Will I do this?
I realize my “suffering” amounts to nothing compared to the promises God had made me and everyone else. Today I am going to take time to reflect on my “stress and suffering”. I want to try and answer the questions “Am I thankful for what God has done for me?”, and “Are God’s promises truly enough for me?”
Thank you God for the promises found in Your word. Your word promises us hope, comfort, joy, and peace. Lord, help me to continually find these things, and help me to remember these things when things do not go my way. God you are faithful and there for us night and day, may Your decrees be the theme of my song. In your precious name Jesus, Amen.
Nothing I don’t agree with or don’t understand, but these passages have really spoken to me. Much reflection and prayer needed as I try to understand myself, and where I fit in these verses. If I was faced with a major issue in my life right now, would the promises of God’s word really be enough for me? I want to be able to answer with a very honest yes.