“Remember Your Word to Your servant, for You have given me hope.
My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
The arrogant mock me without restraint, but I do not turn from Your law.
I remember Your ancient laws, O Lord, and I find comfort in them.
Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken Your law.
Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge.
In the night I remember Your name, O Lord, and I will keep Your law.
This has been my practice: I obey Your precepts.” -Psalm 119:49-56 (Zayin)
God is the psalmist’s comfort. Even when he is mocked for his faith, the psalmist knows where to turn. He makes it his practice- a habit, remembering, keeping and obeying. What exactly does he remember? What is the psalmist meditating on? What or Who is his anchor? He recounts God’s character, His past faithfulness and future promises. What we know of God determines how much you and I trust Him. What do you know of God to be true? This is a practice for every believer: to preach to ourselves what we know is true especially when our feelings don’t align. Emotions are fickle, moody creatures. The truth does not change which is why the writer keeps returning to this pillar. The psalmist knows God, trusts Him, and loves Him with all he has. An obedient heart is the fruit of this kind of captivating love. He wants to follow the Lord no matter the cost. The writer does not compromise with the wicked or his own sinful inclinations.
God is our comfort too in times of ease or affliction. Living as a true follower of Christ has never been “fashionable”. Ironically this is what makes me cling to Him more. Letting go more and more of what the world thinks of you, instead concerning ourselves with what our Maker thinks of us. Yes, “the world is watching” and with this thinking our witness does matter. Yet how much more freeing to live for an audience of One, knowing God is watching you. I am sure if Christians lived with this mindset instead of caring about the praise/fear of man our missions would be bolder, unwilling to capitulate.
Through the work of Christ, the Lord holds fast to His beloved children. He has loved His own before the foundation of the world and will not forsake us. The God of all comfort will give strength to the weary and increase the power of the weak (Isaiah 40:29). This is His promise to remember today as you and I persevere in faith.
Grace upon grace,
Grow deeper: Isaiah 40