Hope Through the Word

I. This stanza (Psalm 119:49-56) addresses our need for hope.

A. Hope is a frequent theme in Psalm 119

1. Psalm 119:43 -- And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.

2. Psalm 119:49 -- Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

3. Psalm 119:74 -- They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.

4. Psalm 119:81 -- My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.

5. Psalm 119:114 -- Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

6. Psalm 119:116 -- Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

7. Psalm 119:147 -- I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.

B. Hope involves trust and expectant waiting for God’s promises.

1. Psalm 71:5 -- For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.

2. Jeremiah 17:7 -- Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.

2. Psalm 130:5 -- I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

3. Romans 8:24-25 -- For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

C. Hope grows through our experience in the Kingdom.

1. Romans 5:2-4 -- By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope

2. Romans 15:4 -- For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

3. Lamentations 3:24-26 -- The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.  It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

II. This stanza promises comfort through hope in spite of difficulties.

A. There is comfort in spite of affliction (Psalm 119:50)

1. Psalm 89:3, 9 -- For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave….Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.

2. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 -- For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

B. There is comfort in spite of derision (Psalm 119:51)

1. Jeremiah 20:7-8 -- I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me. For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily.

2. Psalm 2:1-4 -- Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

C. There is comfort even when we are horrified at the wicked (Psalm 119:53).

1. Psalm 119:136 -- Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

2. Psalm 119:158 -- I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.

3. Philippians 3:18 -- For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ

4. 2 Corinthians 7:10-11 -- For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

III. This stanza also tells us how to maintain the comfort that comes through hope.

A. Comfort comes and hope increases when we remember God’s judgments.

1. Psalm 77 is a classic summary of what to remember.

2. I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times (77:5)

3. I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. (77:11-12)

4. Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. (77:14-15)

5. Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. (77:20)

B. Comfort comes and hope increases when we sing God’s praises.

1. Psalm 47:6-8 -- Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

2. Psalm 95:1-6 -- O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods….O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.  For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

3. Psalm 96: 1-4 -- O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.  For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.

4. Psalm 98:4-9 -- Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King…for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.

5. Psalm 100:1-5 -- Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands…come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

C. Comfort comes and hope increases when we remember God’s Name.

1. Revelation 15:4 -- Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

2. Revelation 19:16 -- And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

3. Ephesians 5:20 -- Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

4. Colossians 3:17 -- And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

5. 2 Thessalonians 1:12 -- That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

6. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 -- Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

D. Comfort comes and hope increases when we keep God’s precepts.

1. Hope and comfort from obedience: 

a. Psalm 119:4 -- Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

2. Hope and comfort from fellowship: 

a. Psalm 119:63 -- I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

3. Hope and comfort from focus:

a. Psalm 119:69 -- The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.

4. Hope and comfort from wisdom: 

a. Psalm 119:100 -- I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
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