The Bible is the greatest book ever written. It tells us how the world began, how it will end, and its complete history. It tells us about life and death. It tells us why there is so much wickedness in the world. It tells us of the love of God. It explains what sin is and why we need a Savior.
The greatest chapter of the Bible dealing with God’s word is Psalm 119. The 176 verses are divided into twenty-two groups of eight verses each. The first group of eight begin with the Hebrew letter aleph. The next eight verses begin with the Hebrew letter beth. This pattern continues throughout the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
Psalm 119:49-56 The Troubles of Life
“Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.
52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.
53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.
54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
55 I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.
56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.”
When troubles come upon us, how do we react? The Psalmist was comforted by God’s word. He found hope, life, and comfort. He understood that God was with him during his affliction.
During his time of affliction, he did not forsake God or his word. He used God’s word to encourage himself. He used God’s word as his hymnal.
Many of the Bible’s verses have become Scripture songs. Learning these is a practical and fun way to memorize Scripture. Then when trouble, trials, and tribulations come, we will be able to draw upon them for comfort and encouragement.
We must remember that the Psalmist received the blessings of God’s word because he obeyed God’s word. If we fail to obey God’s word, we will fail to receive the blessings that God wants to shower upon us.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001