Memorise Psalm 119:49
“Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.”
If I say, “The Bible is the most “hope-ful” book in the world!” – would you agree? I would say, yes and no! Yes, if you are a child of God. If you have repented of your sins, and trust and obey Him. No, if you are still a non- believer – for there is nothing to look forward to, aside from an eternity of damnation in hell.
For the believer, the Bible certainly gives us much hope, not just for this life, but also for the life to come. And so the Psalmist shares about the Word of God, that it has “caused me to hope” (Psalm 119:49). In the following verses, he shared how in the midst of all his trials and difficulties, he knew that he could always turn to the Word of God to find comfort in his affliction. There were the proud wicked people who were mocking him, probably persecuting and oppressing him for his faith. Instead of despairing, he remembered the judgments of the Lord, and was able to find comfort. Indeed, he goes on to share how the statutes of the Lord have been the songs to guide him on his sojourn here on earth, granting him much comfort, peace and joy. Throughout this passage, he continues to emphasise how it is his constant remembrance of the Word that gave him this hope and comfort amidst his difficulties. Because he was able to abide in the Word of God, he was able to remain strong and stay close to the Lord.
All of us have the same access to the Word of God as the Psalmist did. When we face difficulties, trials and temptations, we must also remember the Word of God, and draw strength and hope from it. In order for that to happen, we must first delight in God’s Word and hide it in our hearts. When we are able to remember God’s wonderful promises for us, then we will have the conviction and constant hope to be able to overcome any trial that comes our way, for we are assured of God’s abiding presence with us.
Thought: What a privilege we have to have such verses that give us hope even when we are in difficult situations!
Prayer: Lord, I thank You for such a wonderful book that fills my heart with love and hope and joy daily!