Two themes rise to the surface in verses 49-56 of Psalm 119. The first theme dwells on remembrance. The psalmist is not asking for God for some new promise. He is standing on an existing one. He is not saying, “remember all I have done for you, God,” rather he is asking God to remember his promise. As Christians we need to remind ourselves of the promise of the empty grave that once held our Savior! Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection we can experience the forgiveness of sins and have the promise of eternal life.
The second theme that emerges in this section is one of comfort. Comfort comes from knowing who or what you believe in.
A worldly person clutches his wallet and proclaims, “this is my comfort.” A drunkard lifts his glass and sings, “this is my comfort.” A man of God grounded in the Word of God testifies, “this is my comfort,” for he personally knows who it is he believes in. (Charles Spurgeon)
The next section of the Psalm (57-64) opens with, “the Lord is my Portion.” As Matt Chandler puts it, “God is enough, he is BIG enough!” We don’t serve an ancient, obsolete God. He is actively at work in the world he created. Chandler provides four points that highlight why God is big enough, even in times of suffering.
- God is gracious and kind
- The testimonies of God are faithful
- God is always available
- God has given us people of God as companions
(56) Remember God – how often do your thoughts dwell on God? Weekly? Daily? Hourly? He is a God who comforts.
(57) Remind yourself at least a dozen times today, “the Lord is my portion.” (God is enough, he is BIG enough!”