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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Lasting Comfort

Today's Verse:

Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. ~Psalm 119:49-50

 

When things in your life are upside down or spinning out of control, where do you find your comfort? The idea of comfort is to be at peace and relieved of unrest when sudden and unexpected events, sorrow, or loss has come into your life. Comfort is being at ease when we feel overwhelmed in life. Psalm 119:49-56 shows us the source of lasting comfort. This morning, the psalmist encourages us about the God of all comfort.

 

We see the unsettling despair.

First, the psalmist was horrified because of the advancement of evil in his land. There was a major abandonment and forsaking of God’s Word and laws. Evil was on the rise, and good was on the decline. There was fear for the spiritual welfare of his family. Second, he felt the scorn and rejection from those who did not hold the same position as he did about the Bible and God. He said, “The proud have had me greatly in derision.” He felt fear, discouragement, and an unsettled uncertainty for his family and future. When the moral landscape and the spiritual temperature are on a downward spiral, we also feel this same apprehension, fear, and unease. Anytime we feel that we are at risk, there is an unsettling despair within us.

 

We see the uninhibited dependence.

Did he quit? Did he throw in the towel? No! God’s Word was his source of comfort. He remembered God’s promises and judgments. The Holy Spirit brought to his mind choice Scriptures that undergirded him at his most critical moment. Scripture reading, Bible memorization, biblical preaching, and meditation in the Word are means that God uses to archive choice promises and precepts in our hearts. Always at the time when we need it most, God brings all of this back to our mind. “I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.” There is comfort in knowing that “all things work together for good to them that love God.” There is comfort in knowing, “Through God we shall do valiantly.” There is comfort in knowing that God is our shield and exceeding great reward. The psalmist knew that his dependence upon God was his only source of lasting comfort.

 

We see the untouchable disposition.

He found comfort in the Lord! Comfort in the Lord is to be in the storm, but not be afraid because God controls the storm. Comfort in the Lord is the nobleman who had a son near unto death say “I believe” to Jesus and have faith in His power to raise his son up. Comfort in the Lord is the knowledge that “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” God’s comfort is peaceable. God’s comfort is powerful. God’s comfort is plentiful. Comfort is not contained in a prescription medicine, narcotic drug, hypnotic trance, or material goods. True comfort is available from the God of all comfort!

 

Are you in need of comfort? Let the ministry of God’s Word have total control in your life. Rest your cause, whatever it may be, upon Him and wait for the Word of comfort arise in your soul.

 

Have a comforted God Morning!


Bible Reading Schedule: Psalm 133-139

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