Topic: Succour Through the Word [Thursday February 23, 2017]
Text: Psalm 119:49-56
Key Verse: “I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself” (Psalm 119:52).
A powerful weapon of the Lord in the hands of believers is His Word. It can be described as the spoken commitment of the Saviour with regard to the welfare of His children. An unmovable fact about the word of the Lord is that it involves His divine integrity. The Bible says “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19).
David realised this and determined that “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving-kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name” (Psalm 138:2). The Lord vowed through Isaiah that none of the words He had spoken would return unto Him void: “It shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10,11). The word of God is spirit and life; it is the anchorage of the believer in trouble. No wonder, God’s children meditate therein day and night. The writer’s experiences in our text are familiar. They are experiences of trials of faith alongside the enduring accompaniment of grace. He was familiar with the “proud” and their boastful remarks, reproachful behaviour and calculated assaults (Psalm 119:51).
He felt the night of existence where no human friend or comforter could bear his burden. But he had faith in the faithfulness of the Lord: “He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber not sleep” (Psalm 121:3,4). Today, a believer has a shelter in the word of God. Jesus never fails. His word is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) that will vanquish the enemy. We should therefore seize the wisdom that the writer applies in our text: “waiting on the Lord”. The Bible says, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Thought for the day: God’s word is as a piercing arrow that easily permeates the hardest of surfaces.
Bible Reading in one Year: Psalm 119:57-176
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.