Hope in God's Word
Scripture Reading — Psalm 119:81-88
My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. — Psalm 119:81
The psalmist cries out again for God to rescue him from his enemies. They have tried to trap him; they have tried to persecute him without cause. On the brink of despair, the psalmist is in crisis, “like a wineskin in the smoke.” Normally wineskins are soft and flexible, but long exposure to smoke makes them brittle. From abuse, the psalmist feels he is about to crack.
Pounding on heaven’s door, the psalmist cries out: Where are you, God? “When will you comfort me?” “How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors?” Rescue me from these troubles, now!
But it seems God is silent.
Did you notice the psalmist’s reaction to this? He doesn’t reject God or turn away from him. Instead, the psalmist’s trials stoke his passion for God and for growing closer to God by meditating on his Word. In God’s Word the writer finds assurance of God’s unfailing love—and this, he says, makes him want to please God by living an obedient life.
Though our troubles may or may not be as difficult as the psalmist’s, we all experience waiting for God. And while we wait—resting on God’s promises—we have an opportunity to grow in following and serving the Lord.
In his time, God will answer. Will we seek him through his Word and continue to obey while we wait?
We wait for you, Lord—and as we wait, help us to grow in trust and obedience. Amen.