Hope From God’s Word

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Balance

If we are to stay balanced in an unbalanced world, we will have:

  1. Courage - (vv. 49-50)
    1. Hope in God’s Word. “Remember the word unto Thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope” (v. 49).
    2. Help through God’s comfort. “This is my comfort in my affliction: for Thy Word hath quickened me” (v. 50).
  2. Conflict - (vv. 51-52)
    1. Arrogant people. “The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from Thy law” (v. 51).
    2. Assurance from history. “I remembered Thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself” (v. 52).
  3. Consternation (Means horrified shock) - (v. 53) - “Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake Thy law.” We need to be shocked and disgusted with the world.
  4. Consolation (vv. 54-55)
    1. Melody. “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage” (v. 54).
    2. Meditation. “I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law” (v. 55). (This consists of remembering and meditating on the Word of God)
  5. Compliance (v. 56) “This I had because I kept Thy precepts.” (This means obedience)

Application

The only way I can stay balanced in my Christian life is to obey God’s call on my life. This will never be easy but it is my goal.

Psalms 119:49-56 (English Standard Version)


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