Summary: How does the Word of God affect your life? Your heart? Your reactions? Your spirit? The psalmist answers these questions in this section of this chapter!
November 30, 2011
Oak Park Baptist Church – Wednesday Bible Study Series
Psalm 119:49-56 (ESV) – 7 of 22
49Remember Your word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope.
The word ‘remember’ here in this verse is very important. It is the Hebrew word Zaw-kar – which means… to remember, recall, or call to mind. It can also be used to relate the thought of “to be brought to remembrance OR to be remembered, thought of OR brought to mind
Another nuance of this word is that it can be used to reveal the CAUSE for recall, the cause for remembering… or even the making of a memorial in order TO remember a thing…
So the psalmist is emphasizing the WORK of God’s word in his life how it is the CAUSE of his remembrance of God’s law… and because he has the remembrance of God’s word… He has great hope!
The term used by the psalmist here for God’s Word is the Hebrew word Dabar or Dabaw which is one of the nine words I gave you at the beginning of this study that represent the Law of God or the Word of God throughout this entire chapter. To refresh your memory, the Hebrew word Dabar means these are the utterances of God Himself… He is speaking these words to be written down.
So what we have here is the psalmist saying that the very utterances or speech of God brings him a remembrance of the Law and ultimately that brings hope into his heart.
The term ‘servant’ here is the Hebrew word eh-bed which is equivalent to the Greek word doulos which Paul uses in all of the introductions for his letters to the churches where he calls himself a servant of Christ or a bondslave of Christ.
Here the psalmist is revealing his view of his standing before God. He is a willing and submissive servant to God and God’s plans, and he draws hope from the Law that God provides for him… a hope that he knows will not abandon him or leave him wanting.
50This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your promise gives me life.
He is not left wanting because, as he reveals in v.50, this hope he has in God’s word brings him ‘comfort’ in his time of trouble, and his life is made whole in the promise that comes from the law of God.
This verse begins with the impersonal pronoun ‘this’… to which we must know what ‘this’ is the author speaking about. As I just mentioned the ‘this’ here points back to the ‘hope’ that he claims in v.49.
The author of the psalm uses the Hebrew word Ithiel which can be translated as an English phrase that means "God is with me"… in looking at this we can see that the psalmist had a wonderful picture of hope… he describes his hope as ‘God is with me’
What greater hope can we have than to say “God is with me!” This is the hope we now have in Christ… The One whom the prophet Isaiah proclaimed would come… the One he said would be named:
“Immanuel” - God with us!