49. Remember your word to your servant,
in which you have made me hope.
50. This is my comfort in my affliction,
that your promise gives me life.
51. The insolent utterly deride me,
but I do not turn away from your law.
52. When I think of your rules from of old,
I take comfort, O Lord.
53. Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
who forsake your law.
54. Your statutes have been my songs
in the house of my sojourning.
55. I remember your name in the night, O Lord,
and keep your law.
56. This blessing has fallen to me,
that I have kept your precepts.
49. Of course God never forgets, but we act like we believe He does sometimes. If we always remembered that God never forgets His promises but always fulfills them, would we ever be discouraged by our circumstances? This is an idealistic question, but it should be our goal. So much, if not all, of our sin is rooted in forgetting or not believing God.
50. God’s promises give life and comfort. Since God’s Word gave you new life, it most certainly can sanctify you till eternity. Do not let go of your trust in God and His Word. Nothing will prevail against it.
We Christians have been given the promise of all promises and hope of all hopes. Forgetting this ends us up in discouragement. When we are afflicted, we should have the most hope because it is only temporary. Our eternal future is full of joy!
51. No matter what kind of ridicule comes against me, I can still cling to God’s Word – which never fails.
Though I may be scoffed and mocked by unbelievers on this earth, their beliefs are a myth. I can remain steadfast because my belief is in Truth. Pursuing God’s way in my life can keep me from being discouraged by opposition.
52. God’s commandments are rooted in Who He is. They are also the best guide for our lives. God gives rules not just for His own benefit but for ours. This is an awesome truth. God, so great and high above us mere wretches, actually is concerned about our welfare. This should be enough to make us run to every command He gives. He is omniscient, and we are not. Therefore, we must trust His guidance.
God has given His Word to us partly to show how He worked in times past. History is recorded to teach us. It is good for us to see people’s disobedience followed by judgment so that we may be more committed to obeying God in our own lives.
Remembering how God worked in times past should buoy me because He never changes. As He was faithful to keep His own safe in the past, so He will do so in the present and future. Though I may not see His faithfulness in a way that makes sense to me, I can trust in His Word that says: “…He is unchangeable, and who can turn Him back? What He desires, that He does.” (Job. 23)
53. When we are angry about law-breaking, we should evaluate our hearts. Are we upset because they got away with it? Or are we upset because God’s glory has been in a tiny way obscured in their eyes? Are we envi0us of their “freedom” or jealous for God’s honor to be upheld?
54. What do we sing and muse about? If it is something other than God’s Truth, it is not the best it could be. As we are pilgrims on this earth, we should set our hearts on God and His Kingdom ways – for that is eternal. Our time here is so extremely short. Eternity in God’s house is what we are preparing for.
God’s Word is not dull like a rule-book. It is the finest of all literature, and fit for singing all the day. It should capture our hearts like no other one or thing can.
55. It is by remembering Who our God is that we are strengthened in the dark seasons. Knowing Who He is will enable us to trust when we can’t see, walk when the path is not lighted, and be confident of deliverance when darkness overshadows like clouds.
56. Keeping God’s Word, in itself, is a blessing. It is a jewel worth leaving every other “gem” (trinket) behind for. If all we could expect would be the satisfaction of knowing that we obeyed God’s Word, we would be most greatly rewarded. Not only this, but we are promised so much more. For our little acts of obedience, God opens the floodgates of Heaven’s blessings. What reason is there not to obey?