49Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
50This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
51The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.
52I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.
(Psalm 119:49-52, King James Version)
Remember the Word
As we slowly walk through Psalm 119 in this series of devotions called, "First Love," we are reminded by the writer of the powerful place God's Word has in our walk with the Lord. It is through the study of the Bible that have hope in the darkest of hours, and it is in God's Word we receive unlimited comfort in our days of affliction.
To those of the world, ours is a foolish hope; in their pride and arrogance they scoff at God's children. Yet, in all these things let us, like the Psalmist, cling to the promises of God's Word and let us be reminded that God is always our First Love. The Bible is filled with messages of hope from its beginning to its end. Here are just a few from the pages of the New Testament:
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3, King James Version)
27To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: (Colossians 1:27, King James Version)
13Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (Titus 2:13, King James Version)
17Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
19Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; (Hebrews 6:17-19, King James Version)
Though the Psalmist did not have the rich blessing of the New Testament, still he understood that all of his comfort and hope was in the Lord. Throughout the pages of his Torah, God's mighty acts on behalf of His people was displayed again and again.
Let us, then, lift up our hands in praise and honor to this amazing God we love and serve. Truly the world does not understand the rich blessings they are missing. Let us faithfully proclaim God's Word to all those we meet with the prayer and hope that many will come to Christ.
Yes, remember the Word, and rejoice in the sure and stedfast blessings God has granted to you.
God Bless You,