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
Comfort is when we find consolation, peace, and rest for our souls. It is the ability to be at peace in spite of things that are unsettling in our lives. It is one thing to be the one who gives comfort to others, but what about when you are the one who is hurting and in need of comfort? This morning, let us see the source of true comfort.
We see the unbearable pain.
The psalmist was being scorned and persecuted by his society. His values and godly testimony had been refused and rejected. He was being slandered. He said in vs. 51, “The proud have had me in great derision.” He was overwhelmed with fear. He said, “Horror hath taken hold of me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.” His society was so wicked and far from God that he imagined having to live in seclusion and disguise. He was grieving in his soul at the terrible decline of things around him.
We see an unbounded prayer.
“Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.” This was his way of asking God to show Himself strong. He was saying, “Lord, remember that You promised hope through Your Word.” His request was that God would demonstrate the veracity of His Word in his life. I believe that God is honored when we boldly come to Him in the authority of His Word. Scripture that is quoted when we pray is a means of accessing the treasure chest of God’s blessing for our lives. Pour out your heart to God when you pray. Even better, when you pour out your heart to the Lord, do so in the authority of His promises.
We see the unfailing precepts.
He said, “Thy word hath quickened me.” The word “quicken” means “to make alive.” It is another way of saying “to revive.” God’s Word became his reliable source of comfort. He rested his weary and hurting soul on promises that were infallible. He was comforted in a more sure Word that God had given him. God’s Word always comes to us at the right time. In my reading through the book of Jeremiah, I am blessed whenever I read, “The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah.” God gives us the word of command, comfort, and continuation when we seek him diligently through His Word.
We see the unlimited provision.
He said, “This is my comfort in my affliction.” His anxieties came to a halt. His worries turned into peace. Instead of his problem being bigger than God, he saw that God was bigger than the problem. He was comforted to know that God loved him. He was comforted to know that God could be trusted in his time of difficulty. His sleep returned to him. His outlook was bolstered because he saw his situation through the lens of God’s Word.
Beloved, you can trust God’s Word to come to you at the right time! You can find true hope and comfort in the unfailing promises. True comfort is not found in alcohol, drugs, support groups, or living in sin. True comfort is found in the authority of God’s Word. Whatever your reading is, it will sustain you for that day and for the days ahead. Like the psalmist, you can say, “This is my comfort in my affliction.”
Have a comforted God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Psalm 78-79