Remember and Be Comforted
Summary- We have hope in the God’s promises, which He won’t forget. My comfort in affliction is that His word has revived me. Though the arrogant mock me, yet I will not leave His word. I comfort myself with His past deeds and promises. Zeal for His word causes me to be angry at the wicked who turn away from His word. I will sing of His scripture as I go through life. Day and night, I keep your law, which I have made my own.
Central Teaching- His word brings comfort in the midst of the oppression of the wicked.
Key words- hope, comfort, affliction, remember, wicked,
Key Verse- 119:50
Ten things this passage says-
- He helps me remember His word.
- He has made me hope in His word.
- My comfort in my affliction is that His word has revived me.
- The arrogant utterly deride me.
- Persecution should not cause me to turn away from His law.
- His word is not a new thing. It is ancient, tried and true.
- I am comforted by His ancient words.
- I should be angry when the wicked forsake His law.
- I sing of His laws as I go, making it my own as I remember it in the night.
- As I remember His word, I obey it
Ten things this passage does NOT say-
- I remember His word myself, because I’m so amazing.
- My hope is in people or circumstances.
- My comfort in affliction comes from thoughts of revenge, or the idea that hard times will soon be over.
- I can expect general approval and praise from those I meet.
- Hard times understandably will turn me away from the Lord’s word.
- God’s word is new, and full of new ideas.
- Wicked people who forsake God’s law don’t really deserve God’s judgment. They’re basically good people, and we shouldn’t call attention to their wicked deeds.
- God’s words are dry, joyless, and useless.
- I can do whatever I want in the night, when no one is watching, as long as I obey in public.
- His word is not personal for me.
What does this passage teach me about God?
He brings His word to our minds.
He causes us to hope.
He comforts in affliction and revives us.
He is steadfast.
He is ancient and unchanging.
He is wrathful over sin.
He desires our obedience.
He is real and personal to us; day and night, He is there.
What is the psalmist asking the Lord to remember? V49
Why do you think he’s asking Him to remember it? V49
What attitude is the psalmist showing in this request? V49
Why do we hope in His Word? V49
What hope do we have, based on His Word? V49
What is our comfort in affliction? V50
What is the source of our revival? V50
How can the Word revive us? V50
What does it mean to be revived? V50
What are some things we often look to for revival that fail? V50
How are the arrogant people going to treat us? V51
Why would they deride, or mock us? V51
What should be our response to their derision? V51
How can we keep from turning aside from God’s law? V51
What should we do with God’s ordinances? V52
Why does it mention that they are “from of old”? V52
Why are His ordinances comforting? V52
What reason would the fact that they are ancient comfort us especially? V52
How should we respond to the wicked’s forsaking of His law? V53
Why is this kind of anger proper and right, when some other types of anger are not? V53
How should we deal with these feelings of anger? V53
Can you think of an example of Jesus feeling this kind of anger and responding to it? V53
What does it mean that his “statutes are my songs”? V54
What is the house of our pilgrimage? V54
What attitude is shown by this verse? V54
When should we remember the Lord’s name? V55
Why is night mentioned specifically here? V55
What connection does remembering His Word have to keeping His law? V55
What attitude does this verse display towards the Scriptures? V56
Why is it important that they have become our own? V56
What action follows the personalization of God’s Word? V56
But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided.
2 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
Speak of all His wonders.
42 For He remembered His holy word
With Abraham His servant;
4 Remember me, O LORD, in Your favor toward Your people;
Visit me with Your salvation,
45 And He remembered His covenant for their sake,
And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.
6 On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen;
All day and all night they will never keep silent.
2 Sam 7:25
25 “Now therefore, O LORD God, the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house, confirm it forever, and do as You have spoken,
14 But as for me, I will hope continually,
And will praise You yet more and more.
43 And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
For I wait for Your ordinances.
74 May those who fear You see me and be glad,
Because I wait for Your word.
My soul languishes for Your salvation;
I wait for Your word.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I wait for Your words.
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 1:13
13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:21
21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.
8 The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me in the night,
A prayer to the God of my life.
11 Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.
19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your consolations delight my soul.
16 Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O LORD God of hosts.
3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
17 In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil,
11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. 12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,
My soul cleaves to the dust;
Revive me according to Your word.
10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.
1 Peter 1:3
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 2:2
2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation,
21 You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed,
Who wander from Your commandments.
69 The arrogant have forged a lie against me;
With all my heart I will observe Your precepts.
3 Be gracious to us, O LORD, be gracious to us,
For we are greatly filled with contempt.
4 Our soul is greatly filled
With the scoffing of those who are at ease,
And with the contempt of the proud.
7 O LORD, You have deceived me and I was deceived;
You have overcome me and prevailed.
I have become a laughingstock all day long;
Everyone mocks me.
14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. 15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highl