Plea for Grace March 10, 2022

Psalm 119:49-56 ESV – 49 Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. 51 The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law. 52 When I think of your rules from of old, I take comfort, O LORD. 53 Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake your law. 54 Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning. 55 I remember your name in the night, O LORD, and keep your law. 56 This blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts.

While reading Numbers 20 and 21 (the waters of Meribah where Moses strikes the rock; the bronze serpent; encounters with Edom and Moab) this stanza in Psalm 119 came to mind. It’s not only personal grumbling and discontent that will have an effect, but also how we react to the grumbling and discontent of others.

When the psalmist experiences affliction, he remembers God’s promises (v49,50). This implies that he had studied God’s promises beforehand, or how else could he remember . . .He determines to obey God’s Word regardless of present circumstance (v51). He turns to the promises of God for comfort (v52). He does not discount his emotions (v53) but they do not control his behavior. He remembers God’s law, and he remembers his commitment to obey (v55). The blessing is not being “swooped out” of his circumstance, but that God has enabled him to obey despite difficult circumstance and strong emotion.

Lord, I want to remember Your Word. I commit to obey You. You know about my circumstances; You understand my emotions. You are my God, and You promise wisdom (James 1). In Your incredible mercy, You give me the Holy Spirit to enable me to obey You (Romans 8). You truly are my gracious Father.

Pray for the Persecuted Church — OpenDoorsUSA

Day 4: Pray for the healing of the many victims of
religious violence in India. Ask that God would heal
both hearts and bodies

  • Daily Wisdom
  • Psalm 10, 40, 70, 100, 130
  • Proverbs 10

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