05 Sep “For All” – Day Seven
Scripture: Psalms 119:49-50 NLT – “Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.”
Observation: The idea of asking God to remember something he promised sounds a bit absurd, after all he is God. Reminding God of his promises is an act of faith. His commitment that something will or will not happen (according to his will), gives me assurance.
Application: King David, the author of this Psalm, had much affliction, even at an early age. His earthly father didn’t think much of him and his brothers thought even less of him (1 Samuel 16). Despite his early rejection, David went on to become king. With his position came many trials, battles and foes. The Psalmist had faith that whether in good or bad times, he could trust God’s promises. In fact, most of the Psalms are David’s prayers. David was honest with God, he told him exactly what he was feeling and experiencing. Furthermore, David always reminded God of his promises.
In the scheme of things, promises can be made and broken without any major consequences. I grew up believing all promises were made to be broken, especially from those who were supposed to love me and protect me. Maybe you too find yourself in the midst of broken promises.
Maybe you’re having trouble connecting in your marriage or with your friends. Or perhaps you didn’t get into the college you wanted or you were recently let go of at work. How do you know God is with you? How do you trust him with all the intricate details of your life?
In a season of loneliness, God promised me he would never leave me nor forsake me. When I found myself at a crossroads in life, he guided me in the right direction. What promises has God made you?
It can be easy to be led astray with your thoughts, feelings and lies. Remembering God’s promises in times of hardship and trouble can be a bit of a struggle. But it is in those times I have to remind myself to listen to God’s promises over and above my own feelings and emotions. Learn the promises of God through scripture… honestly, sometimes I forget them. I’ve had to write them down, I’ve set reminders, and repeated them over and over again.
God wants us to come to him, he wants us to trust him. The Psalmist says God’s promises give him hope in the midst of pain and affliction, those same promises are true today, tomorrow and forever.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the promises we have stored in our hearts. Thank you that we can find comfort in your Word. You promised to bring us peace and joy, you promised to supply all our needs, you promised you will never leave us nor forsake us. Your promises give me hope. Amen.
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Veronica started coming to The Journey in 2015. Veronica has served on the Journey Students Team for several years, helping students level up spiritually. She is currently serving on The Pastoral Care Team helping those who are new to their faith and new to The Journey make the connection to where God is leading them. She is a proud grandparent (abuela) of a 2 year old granddaughter.
- Read Psalm 42
- Read Psalm 56
- Write out some scripture verses and hang up where you will see this daily reminder.
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