Standing On The Promises
Read Psalm Chapter 119:49-56
Ps 119:49 Remember Your word to Your servant, for You have given me hope. 50 My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.
Yesterday, we studied our old belief system, and how difficult it has been to overcome and replace with truth. Today’s subject will be similar in a way. One of the false beliefs we have harbored for much of our lives is the belief that our woes and troubles are proof that God doesn’t love us, or that He no longer abides with us. When we suffer some trial or problem of life, our first thoughts often go to that dark place in our minds. “God is nowhere around me and He isn’t concerned over my problem.
The Psalmist obviously had those thoughts from time to time. There are many Psalms which demonstrate his own humanity and his tendency to wonder where God is. In these two verses, the writer was suffering some kind of dilemma. But in this case, instead of moaning and groaning over the problem, and doubting God’s love, he took a different route. He remembered God’s promises.
In yesterday’s lesson, we focused on throwing away our false beliefs and accepting the truth from God’s word. That’s just what the Psalmist did. He looked into God’s word and found hope. He found promises from God’s word that brought him comfort. He decided to cling to the promises which were from the pen of men guided by the Holy Spirit.
When we find ourselves in that next dark place, let us say, as the Psalmist said, “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” His word is absolutely full of great promises of deliverance. When we are down, we should open His word, began reading and meditating, and we should remain entrenched in His word until we find a word of comfort. Or, we should stay there until we find many comforting promises. I find most of my comfort in the book of Psalm. Here are a few of my favorites:
Ps 30:5 For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
Ps 6:1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger or discipline me in Your wrath. 2 Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint.
Ps 9:10 Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.
Ps 9:18 But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.
I could fill several pages with verses which promise us His love and faithfulness. Suggestion: each time you go through the book of Psalm, underline each promise that touches your heart. Mark them is some special way, so that next time you need them, they will stand out as you search for them.
We SSA men and women, having lived much of our lives with clouds of doubt and insecurity may have to remind ourselves often, that we are cherished by our Lord. We have much to overcome as we continue down this difficult road, battling and overcoming same-sex attractions.
Prayer: Thank You for the many hundreds of promises You have provided in Your word. Restore our confidence each time our enemy causes us to doubt, and causes us to despair.