December 26, 2018: SOAP #3310:   Psalm 117; 119:81-176; 2John; 3John Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 119:81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. Observation:   In reading the first half of the above verse, I believe the psalmist is saying, 'I am going through a tough time; I […]

December 26, 2018: SOAP #3310:   Psalm 117; 119:81-176; 2John; 3John

Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 119:81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.

Observation:   In reading the first half of the above verse, I believe the psalmist is saying, 'I am going through a tough time; I really need the Lord's intervention; He sure is taking His time!   I am getting weary waiting for Him.'

Then I hear him add that important word: 'but.'   I hear him say, 'It is true that I feel faint, but I cannot stop on being faint.   My hope is in God's Word!'

The Word of God is the best foundation for a life of hope!    And I know that in all things God works for my good because I love him and have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Application:  Sometimes I too feel that God is slow in bringing the help I think I need.   But my hope remains strong in God's Word!     And the more I know His Word, the stronger my hope grows.

When going through troubles, I must not take too much time worrying about where and when help is coming.   I must renew my hope in God's Word!

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, I have hope in your word because I know I can trust Your Word.   Holy Spirit help me understand the Written Word and hear the spoken Word.  Bring to my remembrance what has been spoken to my heart.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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