This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. ~Psalm 119:50
Discomfort is when we are not at ease with something in our life. We are anxious, bothered, distracted, restless, and consumed by whatever it is that is causing the discomfort. In our devotion this morning, let us see how the psalmist was able to set his mind at ease, or find comfort, when he needed it most.
We see the affliction.
He speaks of his affliction. Affliction means calamity, misery, and trouble. His affliction was painful. He felt like an earthquake of 10.0 magnitude rocked his soul. The pain made him feel like he was dying. His affliction was personal. When it is someone else’s affliction, we might say that we know how they feel, but we really don’t. When it is our affliction, it is very personal. We are like the man who sang, “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.” His affliction made him paranoid. He said that horror took hold of him as he saw the wicked that forsake God’s law. “Why are they getting away with their sins while I am suffering?” This thought made him think that things were getting worse and not better for him. He was miserable.
We see the authority.
He came to an important realization. He needed an authority in his life. He realized that the authority he needed was the Word of God. First, he needed God’s Word to revive him. The word quicken means to make alive or to revive. God’s Word is tender and timely at the point when we are awakened. Second, he needed to obey God’s Word. Sometimes, our affliction is God’s way of telling us that we are disobedient in an area of our life. Third, we must have resolve to not fall away from any of God’s Word. When we place our life under the authority of God’s Word, we realize that this is the only way we can solve existing problems and keep new problems from coming into our life.
We see the alleviation.
Comfort for the psalmist meant relief to his mind and soul. Instead of turmoil, he had peace. Instead of anxiety, he was alleviated. Instead of second guessing, he was steadfast in the Lord. Comfort means he could concentrate and not be distracted in his thinking. Comfort means he could sleep instead of tossing and turning. Comfort means he had relief and rest. God, through His Word, helped the psalmist to set his mind at ease. He remembered how God worked in the life of the saintly heroes of the past, and he saw this as His historical precedent for his situation. Most important, he realized that he could trust God completely for his situation and outcome, and he could know that God had his interests protected. Comfort is setting your mind at ease.
Comfort is not found in solving my problem. It is found in finding rest and peace in God’s working in my life. Let us remember, “In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.” Have faith in God and set your mind at ease!
Have a comforted God Morning!
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