Psalm 119:49-56

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Psalm 119:49-56 Inductive Bible Study

Psalm 119:49-56

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-

  1. He helps me remember His word.
  2. He has made me hope in His word.
  3. My comfort in my affliction is that His word has revived me.
  4. The arrogant utterly deride me.
  5. Persecution should not cause me to turn away from His law.
  6. His word is not a new thing. It is ancient, tried and true.
  7. I am comforted by His ancient words.
  8. I should be angry when the wicked forsake His law.
  9. I sing of His laws as I go, making it my own as I remember it in the night.
  10. As I remember His word, I obey it

Ten things this passage does NOT say-

  1. I remember His word myself, because I’m so amazing.
  2. My hope is in people or circumstances.
  3. My comfort in affliction comes from thoughts of revenge, or the idea that hard times will soon be over.
  4. I can expect general approval and praise from those I meet.
  5. Hard times understandably will turn me away from the Lord’s word.
  6. God’s word is new, and full of new ideas.
  7. 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.
  8. God’s words are dry, joyless, and useless.
  9. I can do whatever I want in the night, when no one is watching, as long as I obey in public.
  10. 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.

Questions-

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

Cross References-

Psalm 119:49-

Gen 8:1

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.

Ps 105:2

2 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;

Speak of all His wonders.

Ps 105:42

42 For He remembered His holy word

With Abraham His servant;

Ps 106:4

4 Remember me, O LORD, in Your favor toward Your people;

Visit me with Your salvation,

Ps 106:45

45 And He remembered His covenant for their sake,

And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness.

Isa 62:6

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,

Ps 71:14

14 But as for me, I will hope continually,

And will praise You yet more and more.

Ps 119:43

43 And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,

For I wait for Your ordinances.

Ps 119:74

74 May those who fear You see me and be glad,

Because I wait for Your word.

Ps 119:81

My soul languishes for Your salvation;

I wait for Your word.

Ps 119:147

147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;

I wait for Your words.

Rom 15:13

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.

Psalm 119:50-

Ps 27:13

13 I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD

In the land of the living.

Ps 28:7

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.

Ps 42:8

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.

Ps 42:11

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.

Ps 94:19

19 When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,

Your consolations delight my soul.

Jer 15:16

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.

Rom 5:3

3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;

Rom 5:5

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.

Rom 15:4

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.

Heb 6:17-19

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,

Heb 12:11-12

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,

Ps 119:25

My soul cleaves to the dust;

Revive me according to Your word.

Ezek 37:10

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.

John 6:63

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.

James 1:18

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,

Psalm 119:51-

Ps 119:21

21 You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed,

Who wander from Your commandments.

Ps 119:69

69 The arrogant have forged a lie against me;

With all my heart I will observe Your precepts.

Ps 123:3-4

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.

Jer 20:7

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.

Luke 16:14-15

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 highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

Luke 23:35

35 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.”

Job 23:11

11 “My foot has held fast to His path;

I have kept His way and not turned aside.

Ps 44:18

18 Our heart has not turned back,

And our steps have not deviated from Your way,

Ps 119:31

31 I cling to Your testimonies;

O LORD, do not put me to shame!

Ps 119:157

157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,

Yet I do not turn aside from Your testimonies.

Isa 38:3

3 and said, “Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Isa 42:4

4 “He will not be disheartened or crushed

Until He has established justice in the earth;

And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.”

Acts 20:23-24

23 except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. 24 “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.

Heb 12:1-3

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Psalm 119:52-

Ps 119:21

21 You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed,

Who wander from Your commandments.

Ps 119:69

69 The arrogant have forged a lie against me;

With all my heart I will observe Your precepts.

Ps 123:3-4

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.

Jer 20:7

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.

Luke 16:14-15

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 highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

Luke 23:35

35 And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.”

Job 23:11

11 “My foot has held fast to His path;

I have kept His way and not turned aside.

Ps 44:18

18 Our heart has not turned back,

And our steps have not deviated from Your way,

Ps 119:31

31 I cling to Your testimonies;

O LORD, do not put me to shame!

Ps 119:157

157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,

Yet I do not turn aside from Your testimonies.

Isa 38:3

3 and said, “Remember now, O LORD, I beseech You, how I have walked before You in truth and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Isa 42:4

4 “He will not be disheartened or crushed

Until He has established justice in the earth;

And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law.”

Acts 20:23-24

23 except that the Holy Spirit solemnly testifies to me in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions await me. 24 “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.

Heb 12:1-3

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Heb 12:1-3

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Ezra 9:3

3 When I heard about this matter, I tore my garment and my robe, and pulled some of the hair from my head and my beard, and sat down appalled.

Ezra 10:6

6 Then Ezra rose from before the house of God and went into the chamber of Jehohanan the son of Eliashib. Although he went there, he did not eat bread nor drink water, for he was mourning over the unfaithfulness of the exiles.

Ps 11:6

6 Upon the wicked He will rain snares;

Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.

Ps 119:136

136 My eyes shed streams of water,

Because they do not keep Your law.

Ps 119:158

158 I behold the treacherous and loathe them,

Because they do not keep Your word.

Jer 13:17

17 But if you will not listen to it,

My soul will sob in secret for such pride;

And my eyes will bitterly weep

And flow down with tears,

Because the flock of the LORD has been taken captive.

Hab 3:16

16 I heard and my inward parts trembled,

At the sound my lips quivered.

Decay enters my bones,

And in my place I tremble.

Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress,

For the people to arise who will invade us.

Luke 19:41-42

41 When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes.

Rom 9:1-3

I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,

2 Cor 12:21

21 I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.

Phil 3:18

18 For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ,

Psalm 119:54-

Ps 89:1

I will sing of the lovingkindness of the LORD forever;

To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.

Ps 101:1

I will sing of lovingkindness and justice,

To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.

Heb 11:13-16

13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. 15 And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.

Ps 19:8

8 The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart;

The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

Ps 39:12

12 “Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry;

Do not be silent at my tears;

For I am a stranger with You,

A sojourner like all my fathers.

Ps 118:15

15 The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous;

The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

Prov 6:22

22 When you walk about, they will guide you;

When you sleep, they will watch over you;

And when you awake, they will talk to you.

Col 3:16

16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

1 Peter 2:11

11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul.

Psalm 119:55-

Job 35:9-10

9 “Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out;

They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty.

10 “But no one says, “Where is God my Maker,

Who gives songs in the night,

Ps 42:8

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.

Ps 63:6

6 When I remember You on my bed,

I meditate on You in the night watches,

Ps 77:6

6 I will remember my song in the night;

I will meditate with my heart,

And my spirit ponders:

Ps 139:18

18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.

When I awake, I am still with You.

Acts 16:25

25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;

Ps 119:17

Deal bountifully with Your servant,

That I may live and keep Your word.

Ps 119:34

34 Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law

And keep it with all my heart.

John 14:21

21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

John 15:10

10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

Ps 16:7

7 I will bless the LORD who has counseled me;

Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

Lam 2:19

19 “Arise, cry aloud in the night

At the beginning of the night watches;

Pour out your heart like water

Before the presence of the Lord;

Lift up your hands to Him

For the life of your little ones

Who are faint because of hunger

At the head of every street.”

Psalm 119:56-

Ps 18:18-22

18 They confronted me in the day of my calamity,

But the LORD was my stay.

19 He brought me forth also into a broad place;

He rescued me, because He delighted in me.

20 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness;

According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me.

21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD,

And have not wickedly departed from my God.

22 For all His ordinances were before me,

And I did not put away His statutes from me.

Ps 119:165

165 Those who love Your law have great peace,

And nothing causes them to stumble.

1 John 3:19-24

19 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him 20 in whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24 The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

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