Meditation on Psalm 119:49-50
Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
Where do you find your hope when you feel lost? Where can you find peace when all joy seems to have escaped you?
There is hope to be found in Gods word that cannot be found in any other place. There is nothing this world has to offer in times of affliction that can compare to the promises of God. In Deuteronomy 31:8 we find this recorded promise, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” The promise that the LORD will be with us, never leaving or abandoning us, is one of the greatest and most encouraging promises we can find throughout scripture. It is because of the promises of Gods word that the psalmist finds hope, comfort and new life.
Matthew Henry rightly says, “Those that make God's promises their portion, may with humble boldness make them their plea. God gave the promise in which the Psalmist hoped, and the hope by which he embraced the promise.” When we are weak and downtrodden by the weight of the world, In Christ, we still have real hope. It is Gods word alone that gives us comfort and new life. Henry finishes by saying, “The word of God speaks comfort in affliction. If, through grace, it makes us holy, there is enough in it to make us easy (peaceful, hopeful), in all conditions.”
May Gods holy word always be your source of joy! Rejoice in it in times of goodness and lean hard on it in times of affliction. In all seasons, never stray from it. Abide in it. Delight in it. Obey it. It’s promises give you hope, comfort, and life.