Do Not Fear: God’s Word is Sustaining
Remember your word to your servant,
for you have given me hope.
My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.
The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
but I do not turn from your law
All of us can very easily remember times in which we were mocked, slandered, or made fun of. It might have been because of how we dress, how we act, the things we do, or who we are. Nothing about these times build us up or challenge us to be better. The purpose, and many times the result, of these moments is that we feel hurt, discouraged, or self-conscious.
Words are powerful. They have the ability to influence how we think or what we do. In times of discouragement, words can be extremely uplifting. Because we give so much value to what people say, those words can become what sustains us. But we know that the words of man will fail us at one point or another. During a disagreement or argument, someone who might typically be an encourager could lash out with mocking words intended to hurt us. Human words are imperfect.
Psalm 119 draws out a contrast between the words of man and the Word of God. His Word has given us hope in times of brokenness. He will never fail to remain faithful to the promises that he makes in His Word.
“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” Our primary comfort is not meant to be in the words of friends or family. As believers, we are sustained by, and take comfort in, the unfailing, hope-giving, preserving, and perfect Word of God.
So although people may mock us or tear us down, we do not take stock in that. We do not turn away from God’s life-giving Word, because in and through that, we are sustained. In and through the Word of God we are given strength to persevere despite whatever anyone else tells us.
Action Step: Read Proverbs 11:9. How does knowledge of God’s Word differ from reliance on the words of man? Write out one way in which you need to rely less on the words of man. Ask God to help you put your hope and faith in His Word alone.