June 07, 2017
“Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.” Psalm 119:49-50
God’s Word brings us life and in the gift of life, we find great hope and comfort in the midst of affliction.
Affliction is common to our humanity. It bears down upon us. It burdens us. It discourages us. It tempts us to lose focus and concentrate on our circumstances rather than the hope that is in us.
Hope runs dry in affliction and we need an infusion of new hope. That hope is found in the Word of God and brings great comfort to our souls and life to our spirits.
We feel so dead under the load of suffering. We feel alone and dismayed.
Comfort is the opposite of aloneness. The comforted one knows that someone has come alongside us and is consoling us in that deep way that companionship affords. God speaks to us and His words are words of hope.
We know it is God so we can believe what He says.
How do we know it is God?
Familiarity is the answer.
Having met him frequently in the pages of scripture and at the altar of prayer, we have come to recognize His voice and when He speaks, we know it is His assurance that is consoling us. It is His promise that is quickening us and restoring us to life.
We hear His comforting word and we sing, “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. “ (Verse 54)