For Hard Times
Psalms 119:49-72 Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope...
think about it.
What is the writer facing that has him relying on God (119:51-53)? If you've faced ridicule or opposition because you hold to God's Word, how did that influence your view of it? What draws the writer to God's Word (119:58-61)? What value does affliction or suffering have (119:67, 71-72)? How has God used suffering in your life?
As we move on to Zayin, Heth and Teth, our three sections from Psalm 119 today, the Psalmist starts talking about God's Word during times of difficulty and affliction. Three verses were key for me. "This [God's Word] is a comfort in my affliction. . ." (vs. 50). "The Lord is my portion, I promise to keep your words. . ." (vs. 57). "It is good for me that I was afflicted that I might learn your statutes" (vs. 71).
So what did you learn about God's Word during hard times from Psalm 119-:49-72? The next time you're experiencing difficulties (and for some of us that's right now), how will you make verse 71 a reality? Tami W.
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