“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” -Psalm 119:50
The Lord comforts all who put their hope in Him. Especially in our trials, God is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. He knows our frame, considering our weaknesses (Psalm 139:1-18). One of the greatest comforts a believer can have is remembering our Savior knows what it is like to suffer. Not only was Christ misunderstood and rejected, He was persecuted for our sake, even to death on a cross. Yet in all of this He did not sin in order to perfectly fulfill the Law as a spotless Sacrifice for our atonement. This is the great promise which preserves our souls.
The psalmist looked forward to the coming of His King, yet today we have the privilege of looking back to see how God’s promise in Christ was fulfilled. The Messiah has come and welcomes suffering hell-bound sinners to Himself in order that we may be washed clean in the blood of the Lamb. Jesus is a man acquainted with grief, stricken with sorrow so that He could be the High Priest able to sympathize with us in our frailty. It is for this reason we are able to approach the Throne of Grace with confidence in our time of need. Yet our greatest comfort is the hope of promise we still look forward to. Christ has come but He is coming again. One day this life will be no more and our forever home, bound up in His Glory will take its place.
Blessed are You, O Lord, who comforts us in our afflictions because You shared in our humanity. The eternal gift of life in You preserves our hearts which would melt like wax under life’s trials apart from our Comforter and Savior.
Grace upon grace,
Grow deeper: Isaiah 53; Hebrews 4:15-16; Hebrews 11:13-16;32-40