Psalms 119:49


Psalms 119:49, “Psa 119:49  ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.”

 One of the great things to know about God is that He remembers. We know that God forgets. He forgets our sins when we confess them to Jesus. But God also remembers. He remembers His Word. In the Word of God are many great and precious promises and plans that God has for us.

The day that we see Jesus is the day that we will fully understand just how strong and sure is God’s memory and God’s ability to keep His promises. Because when we see Jesus we will see the nail prints in His hands and the place where the spear pierced His side. Thomas saw these things in Jesus after the resurrection in Jesus’ glorified body.

John 20:25-28, “John 20:25  The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. Joh 20:26  And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Joh 20:27  Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. Joh 20:28  And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

We don’t have to ever worry that God will ever forget what Jesus has done for us in dying on the cross for our sins. The marks of the crucifixion will forever be part of Jesus glorified body.

Sometimes we forget the promises of God, promises about prayer and fellowship, promises about all the great things that is going to do for us in eternity. But God never forgets. The truth His promises are always on His mind. He looks down at the world and sees a sinful world and then God the Father looks at Jesus His Son. He sees the nail prints in the hands. He remembers, He never forgets just how much Jesus suffered and a sacrificed His own life that sinful mankind might have mercy and grace and the opportunity to trust in Jesus and to stand before God justified.

These things are ever on God’s mind. We on the other hand often and easily forget them. If only we could remember the way God remembers then would the hope which we have in the word of God always be sure and burning bright.

Psalms 119:49, “Psa 119:49  ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.”

Hope, not as the world hopes When the world hopes it is saying well maybe. When a Christian hopes in the Word that hope is a definite expectation about the future and what God is going to do. You see our hope is in the word of God. Such hope is the anchor of our soul. The plan and hopes and dreams of this life are often dashed to pieces because life is filled with uncertainly and tragedy and sorrow and sin. Things do not always work out the way we plan or the way we hope. But if you cast aside your earthly hopes and make your and make Jesus your only hope you will never be disappointed.

Psalms 119:50 says, “Psa 119:50  This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.”

An affliction is a sorrow, a suffering, a tragedy. There are many afflictions to face in life and you will need comfort to be able to endure them. Comfort is like the pain medicine that person takes to ease their pain. There is only one kind of comfort though which lasts and endures and does not disappoint nor fade away. And that is the comfort found in the Word of God and the comfort in knowing a person has their sins forgiven and has eternal life.

Why what comfort can a person have who finds themself facing life in prison, or when tragedy strikes and those that they love die or get a terminal disease? What comfort can a person have who has their heart broken when their spouse cheats on them? What comfort can a person have if that person has children and some terrible tragedy or injustice happens to those children? What comfort can a person have who looks at the world and watches in horror as so many turn away from truth and righteousness?

There is the comfort of God’s Word. If you need comfort for your sorrows and your afflictions then turn to the Word of God and you will find the word which have the power to renew your Spirit and renew your joy and to ease the pains of this life as you endure your afflictions and hope towards the future expectantly waiting for God to fulfill the promises which He has made.

That is why a wise person will learn the Word of God and will learn the promises of God so that they will know the things that God has planned for them in the future. If you know the promises of God then you can have comfort and hope and joy and peace amidst this world of woe.

Psalms 119:51, “Psa 119:51  The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.”

The word derision means to mock, to scoff, to scorn. The thing about this world is there are a lot of prideful people. Human beings are sinners. Most do not know Jesus as their savior. O how much pride men have. In their pride they will oppose what you try to do for God. They will oppose the truth and the spreading of the truth. They will oppose your testimony. One of the ways they will oppose you is by mocking you and belittling you and railing on you and talking and treating you without respect.

Such treatment can put great pressure on a human being to compromise on the truth. But for those who do not compromise on doing what is right or on keeping the word of God or on speaking the truth there is great rewards to be earned in heaven.

Psalms 119:52, “Psa 119:52  I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.”

In the beginning of this sermon we talked about God remembering. God remembers and we should remember too. Above all things we should remember the gospel and what Jesus did or us. After all that is the foundation of all things. As you progress through the Christian life you will discover that a big part of it is remembering: remembering the promises of God and the things that you have learned over the years about God’s Word, and also remembering the things that God has done for you in the past, the answers the prayer, the way He has worked in circumstances of your life, the many blessings you have received over the years.

Now if you are a new Christian and have not walked with the Lord a very long time there is still always your salvation experience to remember. It can be one of your most important and precious memories. How God saved you from sin and changed your life when he touched your heart and brought you to Jesus.

Why one of the greatest and most dramatic events of your life will be your salvation experience whether it was a moment of great emotion or whether it was a moment of deep peace and quiet it is the moment that your sins were wiped away and your received eternal life and the Spirit of God came to dwell inside you. What a moment worth remembering. What a miracle! That God could save such a sinner such as you or I or anyone.

Now notice how in this verse remembering and comforting are mentioned together.

Psalms 119:52, “Psa 119:52  I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.” To be comforted sometimes we have to comfort ourselves. We cannot always expect others to comfort us. And one of the ways that we comfort ourselves is by remembering the things of God and the things that God has done.

There is great peace of mind and peace of spirit to be found in the knowing and believing of the truth. There is great comfort in experience the peace of God which passeth all understanding. The lost people of the world do not have this peace. Life is a mystery to them with many unanswered questions. Where did life come from? How was the world created? What is the purpose of life? And of course there is always an emptiness inside the man that is separated from God. But for those who know Jesus Christ as their savior what comfort what peace there is to be had, a peace and a comfort that endures despise your circumstances in life

Psalms 119:53 says, “Psa 119:53  Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.”

The word that is here translated horror means a glow of wind or anger or famine. So I think the idea of the word is something terrible and devastating in its effect.

It’s interesting when you study people and what they are like to notice the types of things that trouble people. Most people are troubled and upset very easily. All it takes is to say something the wrong way or to be misunderstood in what you say and people get angry and offended. Or all it takes is to say something good and true and to promote morality that will offend most people in some kind of way and they will take it as you judging them and being harsh against them. They will take it as a personal attack.

It’s also very interesting to notice how a spiritual minded person is very different. A Spiritual minded person is not easily offended but instead of being offend at the truth what horrifies a righteous person is when a human being turns away from the truth. Why the turning away from the truth that is the most horrible thing that you can witness in this life is to watch another human being turn away from the truth and reject Jesus.

Now Psalms 119:53 says a very interesting thing Psalms 119:53 says, “Psa 119:53  Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.”

Pay close attention to the last part of verse 53 which says, “the wicked that forsake thy law.” This teaches us something very important about human beings and the human life and the way human life beings.

To explain it further lets read Romans 2:15 which says, “Rom 2:15  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)”

Man is born with a conscience. Your part of the function of the conscience is the ability to discern the difference between right and wrong. Even a little baby has some discernment. For example if you mistreat a little baby it will start to cry. Why will It cry? Because it has a conscience and that little tiny baby understands that somehow it is being treated wrongly.

So you see even though all men are born in sin, we are also all born with some measure of understanding in regards to God’s law, the universal laws of truth of right and wrong. Why serial killers are not born serial killers. The vile and perverted homosexuals are not born that way. But they make decisions as they being to grow and as they go through life, they make decisions in regards to the truth. And of course the worse thing that can happen to a human being is not financial ruin, or getting cancer, or getting a divorce, or your spouse cheating on you, or your children dying at a young age, or war coming across your land and destroying your country, no the worst thing that can happen to a human being is that they turn away from the truth.

Psalms 119:53 says, “Psa 119:53  Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.”

If you want to understand true horror you won’t find it by watching a horror movie or by looking the gruesome pictures of a crime scene but you will understand true horror when you come to greatly love the truth and the righteousness of God and you look out across the world and you see those who lives are destroyed because they turned away from the truth. It is a horror to behold. And it happens to so many people.

If only they would come to Jesus. If only they would appreciate the love of God instead of loving their own sins. That is the story of the human race, if only. That is the story of the human, what could have been. The billions of lives that have been wasted in their own lusts for things thing that are temporary and not eternal.

Yet despite the great horror of this story God is able, able to touch hearts and able to soften the clay and to bring a sinner to Jesus for salvation. Not only is Jesus able to save a soul but Jesus is able to restore things. To restore the wasted opportunities of life.

There may be no story of greater wasted opportunity than the story of the nation of Israel and how they turned away from God and God destroyed them and set them aside. Yet despite how they failed God gave them a great promise. And that same promise applies to anyone who comes to Jesus and bows at His feet.

Joel 2:25-26 says, “Joe 2:25  And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. Joe 2:26  And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.”

That’s right there is answer, an answer to all the horrors of sin and the destruction that it causes in a persons life. The answer is to come to Jesus and ask Him for forgiveness. Jesus is God and therefore He has the power to do all things. The power to touch a heart and change a life and the power to restore the years that have been wasted. Jesus has the power becuae Jesus died on the cross and Jesus rose from the great defeating death.

Once you come to Jesus you will never be forgotten or cast aside or left unloved or left uncomforted amidst the afflictions of life. He died for your sins and He loves you. O that you would come to Him today and find salvation.



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