Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me.
This verse is found in the longest chapter in all of scripture, Psalm 119. First, lets look at verse 49 which precedes our focus verse. “Zayin. Remember the word to Your servant, In which You have made me hope.” Psalm 119:49 The writer of this chapter is using the language of prayer. In this verse, he is telling the Lord that through the words God has given to him, he has derived hope in the midst of his afflictions. And through this hope, as our focus verse says, he has comfort that all things will work out. And all this is a result of the words the Lord has given us.
So, which words is the writer speaking of. In essence, all that God has given us. Lets look at a few of the verse in 119. “Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11. “Your testimonies also are my delight; They are my counselors.” Psalm 119:24. And, “I shall run the way of Your commandments, For You will enlarge my heart.” Psalm 119:32. Many verses in Psalm 119 speak of the goodness of His words, commands, precepts, and ordinances. Therefore, when he says, ‘your word has revived me’, he is speaking of all the words God has given us, His Holy Scriptures.
Paul, in writing to the Church in Rome said, “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4. Note the similarity of the final lines of the two verses. “Remember the word to Your servant, In which You have made me hope.” and “and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” In both verses, it is the word(s) of God that the writers say give hope to those who read and follow them. However, is it only the reading of the word that does it? No! There is another aspect of it the finalizes the idea. The words must be believed. You can read scripture all day, but if you do not have faith that it is truth, it will be of no value.
We read earlier in Romans, “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” Romans 10:14-15. Paul starts out by asking how will the unsaved hear the truth that God proclaimed? By people being sent to declare the truth. He then sums up his argument by saying, “faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17. And through this faith, hope enters the hearts of people.
Our hope, as Christians, come from God. And He has communicated to us the hope we have. “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.“ Hebrews 11:1. We have hope because God communicated to us. Faith is the assurance that what He has told us is true and trustworthy, even if we do not see it now. And in all this, we can be comforted because these words bring life to us, life everlasting. Just as our focus verse says, “This is my comfort in my affliction, that your word has revived me. Psalm 119:43.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.
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