{Thursday} February 9, 2017

Day 4 – Psalm 119:25-32 – Daleth (Click here)

One of the realities of life on this side of heaven is sorrow.  We will each experience loss, pain, grief, and regret at some point.  When you walk through those dark and difficult seasons, how do you respond?  Where do you turn for comfort, hope, and strength?  Sometimes we try to numb the pain away, or fill our life up with distractions or worldly comforts.  Often these coping mechanisms leave us even more broken and hurt.

We see the author of this psalm wrestling with these same emotions.  In verse 25 he cries out to God, “I am laid low in the dust” and again in verse 28 “My soul is weary with sorrow”.  In both cases, his solution to his pain and sorrow is God’s Word.  He asks God to preserve his life and strengthen him according to His Word.  God has given us all that we need to navigate the painful seasons of life by leaning on the scriptures.  We can pray, as the psalmist did, and ask God to teach us (v 26 and 27), to give us understanding (verse 27 and 32), and to be gracious to us (verse 29).  For our part, we can meditate on God’s character and what He has done (v 27) and set our heart on his law (v 30).  We can choose the way of faithfulness (v 30) despite our circumstances and emotions.  We can hold fast to his statutes (v 31) and run in the path of His commands (v 32).

In John 16:33 Jesus said “In this world you will have trouble…”  Rather than being surprised or confused when we walk through difficult seasons of sorrow, we can consistently store up God’s Word in our hearts.  We can make it a habit to turn to the Bible in every season of life and every circumstance.  Then, when the storms of life come our way, we will not be swept away.  We will have the solid rock of God’s word to ground us, comfort us, and strengthen us.

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