Psalm 119: 50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
What a wonderful attitude, right? In the midst of whatever we go through in life, whether it is physical illness, the worry over a loved one’s plight, or mental distress, we can take comfort that we believe in a God who keeps His promises. What promises? Well, to review just a few from the Bible –
He promised through Noah and the rainbow that He’d never destroy the earth in flood- God promises to keep His promises.
He promised Abraham to make him a father of nations even though Sarah was barren. God promises miracles.
God made a covenant with Moses ( a promise) that He would lead them to the Promised Land and that He would provide food and water along the way and their clothes would not wear out – God’s promises provide for not only our needs but leads us to greater things.
He made a promise to David that his descendents would continue forever. Jesus was one, and through Him, we are all adopted children of the King and have eternal life. God’s promises ring true for His children.
God promised through Christ’s death on the cross that our sins would be forgiven and through Christ we would never again be separated from Him. He also promised His Holy Spirit would come to dwell in us to guide, protect, teach and encourage us.
All of those promises are recorded for your benefit and mine. Learn them, mark them in your heart and teach them to your children. God is a promise maker, and more than that, a promise keeper. David knew that. He had learned through his walk with God that whatever happened, whether by his own sinful nature or by enemies crowding at his door, God would not leave Him. And through his affliction, he’d learn a little more about the wonderful Lord he served. That made it all worthwhile.
vs. 71 – It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.