Oh to Know His Comfort
Verses 50-51 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.
Yesterday the psalmist was thankful for the hope that he found in the Lord and because of that hope he continues with the verses we look at today.
Question number one of the Heidelberg Catechism starts out with a similar phrase as our verse, “What is your only comfort in life and in death?” The psalmist seemed to know the answer to this kind of question because he says that his comfort in his suffering is wrapped up in the hope of being preserved. He is once again pointing out that hope comes from the knowledge of the promise of God’s redemption.
The comfort we need in this life helps us deal with those that mock or question our faith. These sorts of trials in life can be draining and are never truly wanted in life. But what if we saw the hope of the situation? No, we can’t find hope in the fact that we are being frustrated or maybe even put into danger but we can find comfort that it can only last for a short time.
We are not made for this world and therefore the trials of this world can only last for this lifetime. That thought may not bring us instant comfort but the more we come to think of this world as just a place that we are passing through, the more we will come to find comfort in the thought that no trial will be endless.
The one thing we must remember is that these times of trial must not turn us from God and His law. We must still look to Him and the law for our comfort. It should be our understanding of the law and the purpose of Christ’s coming that bring us comfort because we know that He is the fulfillment of the law. Our comfort comes from His life and sacrifice bringing us the freedom from having to obey the law for the sake of obeying.
So what is our comfort? That we are not our own, but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to our faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. Now that is comfort!
Making It Personal
How does knowing Christ comfort you? What does it mean to how you live that Jesus has purchased you body and soul? How can you show Him that you understand that He owns your body?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to have comfort? What does it mean to you that Jesus bought you body and soul? How should you live that proves you understand His sacrifice?
Father, You are our only hope for true comfort. Help us come to know the depth of the hope we should have in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.