Reflections on Psalm 119 (ז Zayin)

faithPsalm 119:49-56

49 Remember your word to your servant,
for you have given me hope.
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.
51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
but I do not turn from your law.
52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
who have forsaken your law.
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song
wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
that I may keep your law.
56 This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts.

“Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.” (v. 49) God doesn’t need to be reminded about the promises He has made. I suspect this verse is included for our benefit. We’re the ones who need to be reminded. And surely God is pleased when we stand confidently on His promises. Furthermore, it releases Him to work in our behalf (Jas. 1:5-7, Matt. 13:58). Jesus illustrated the same principle when he told his disciples the parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8). Are we to persist in prayer because God might otherwise forget about our situation, lose interest or perhaps lack the inclination to help us? Not if we pay any attention to the rest of Scripture. Whatever the reason, we can be sure that if the psalmist recited God’s own promises back to Him, we ought to do the same ― and expect a loving response.


About Douglas Abbott

I am a freelance writer by trade, philosopher and comedian by accident of birth. I am an assiduous observer of humanity and endlessly fascinated with people, the common elements that make us human, what motivates people and the fingerprint of God in all of us. I enjoy exploring the universe in my search for meaning, beauty and friendship. My writing is an extension of all these things and something I did for fun long before I ever got paid. My hope is that the reader will find in this portfolio a pleasing and inspiring literary hodgepodge. Good reading!
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