Psalm 119: 49-56
49 Remember the word to Thy servant,
In which Thou hast made me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Thy word has revived me.
51 The arrogant utterly deride me,
Yet I do not turn aside from Thy law.
52 I have remembered Thine ordinances from of old, O LORD,
And comfort myself.
53 Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked,
Who forsake Thy law.
54 Thy statutes are my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.
55 O LORD, I remember Thy name in the night,
And keep Thy law.
56 This has become mine,
That I observe Thy precepts.
Over 22 days it is my hope to soak in and meditate on Psalm 119. This is the longest chapter of the Bible with 22 sections. Each of the 22 sections is an acrostic in the original Hebrew language that alliterates each statement with one letter from the Hebrew Alphabet. In reading through this Psalm, one can find the meditations of the heart, the movements of the hands, & the all surpassing Grace of God.
In ז Zayin, the psalmist describes a feeling that most of us have shared…pain. This pain comes from anguish, suffering, or anger and it is all too familiar. What are we today when pain comes our way? Pain has a way of distracting us from anything else and making us focus on the problem causing the pain. But pain can teach us about dependence.
Pain tells us about shortcomings and failures and loss. Which is good news…even though we fall short (Romans 3:23) of the glory of God…Jesus doesn’t. He is pretty good at being God. In fact He’s the only one that can be God. He gives us Himself and Himself is our hope.
His provision of the word is a comfort in our troubles. It is a provision of His hope and a sure foundation though waves may crash against us. It is our sure path though the prideful and the wicked stray. It is our source of joy and praise when the storm or the night comes. And devotion to the Lord is devotion to his word. (Luke 6:46-48). That kind of devotion is something that we call our own that we are able by the grace of Jesus to give back to Jesus. He is our sure foundation. He is worthy of our devotion.
By His Grace. Through His Gospel. For His Glory.
“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.” – A.W. Tozer
“I have not suffered a lot for Christ, but I want to tell you that those times that I have suffered and I knew it was for Jesus, have been some of the happiest times of my entire life. I cannot tell you the indescribable joy that has come into my heart and my life.” -Adrian Rogers