Psalm 119:49-56 Zayin
it is my only hope.
Your promise revives me;
it comforts me in all my troubles.
The proud hold me in utter contempt,
but I do not turn away from your instructions.
I meditate on your age-old regulations;
O LORD, they comfort me.
I become furious with the wicked,
because they reject your instructions.
Your decrees have been the theme of my songs
wherever I have lived.
I reflect at night on who you are, O LORD;
therefore, I obey your instructions.
This is how I spend my life:
obeying your commandments.
Faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love. Without faith and hope, there is no love. Without faith, there is no hope. If you don’t have faith in something how can you hope for anything? Hope in this context is knowing that God is going to bring about a dream, a promise as the Psalmist puts, into reality. It may take a long time for that to happen, but it will happen, there is no doubt in that. As we focus on God’s word, we find that the promises He gives are always fulfilled.
There are 3 things that hope brings about into our lives. The first thing that happens as the Psalmist points out is hope revives us. The hope of the dream gives us life. We want to move forward and reach for those worthy godly dreams. Let me pause and point out one thing, we only have godly dreams when we focus on the cause of our hope and that is God’s word. God’s word and His promises give our life meaning and purpose. Revival happens when we find the hope in the word He has provided for us.
The next thing that happens is we are comforted. We have comfort in knowing that God is in control of our lives and is the pilot and we are the copilot. Comfort comes when we are in the faith zone that I have written on before. The faith zone is not the comfort zone. This really is a paradox, to get comfort from God, we have to step out of our fleshly comfort into His godly trusting completely in Him zone. We have to get uncomfortable in our flesh so that we can be comfortable in God. We use our faith to go from one closed door to the next closed door until we find the open one He has for us. All along God’s scripture is encouraging us on, God’s people are encouraging us on and God Himself will continue to put things in our path to encourage us.
When we live by hope we also find dissenting voices, those voices that say we can’t do it. Those people that are jealous because we actually stepped out of our comfort zone into the faith zone. They wished that they had the self-control and faith that we exhibit when we are in the faith zone. The key word the Psalmist uses here is proud. This is either the saved or the unsaved that will be dissenting voices. It’s expected when it comes from the unsaved, but when it comes from a brother or sister, it can be devastating. That’s why the Psalmist is so passionate about God’s word because we can discern the dissenting voices of our own brothers and sisters and realize it’s not God that is putting them up to it. Of course, not all dissension from a brother or sister is a bad thing either. We just need to look at God’s word to make sure we are going on the right path before we make a wrong turn. As long as we continue in obedience, we will have great discernment and direction.
When you are reaching for the dream and have hope, you will find revival in your life, comfort and discernment from dissension. This will give us life long continuous hope and when you reach the dream, watch out, another will follow and another will follow.
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.