49 Remember the word of Your servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.
51 The proud have me in great derision, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
52 I remember Your judgement of old, O Lord, and have comforted myself
53 Indignation has taken hold of me Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.
54 Your Statutes have been my songs In the house of my pilgrimage
55 I remember Your name in the night, O Lord, And I keep Your law.
56 This has become mine, Because I kept Your precepts.
The words of God are a solid foundation upon which men may safely build their hope (Matthew 7:24-7). The Lord not only has given us His Word but has also implanted hope in our hearted in that blessed Word.
It is better that God’s Word is a solace in every time of trial. Those who are in need of comfort will find a never-failing supply in the Word of God. Even if the divine solace does not remove the affliction, it will lift the distressed above the affliction.
The proud, insolent, presumptuous, these godless souls scorned and ridiculed the psalmist for his belief in God, but he refused to swerve from obedience to the law of God. The wicked delight in mocking the righteous, but the mockery, far from disheartening, should serve to strengthen the resolve of the righteous to follow God’s commandments.
From times past as I read your word, I recall the Lord’s dealing with His saints and you have never failed to be a solace and a comfort. Therefore, from time to time it is fitting that we should review the providential leadings of our Lord. This will give us present courage and future hope.
It is in horror I think upon the wicked who do not observe God’s law. The law which gives the Psalmist such comfort and joy is thought of so callously and carelessly but the wicked. Therefore, the wicked mocked him and it did not seem to cause him great concern or alarm as the fact that they were forsaking the law. Why is the psalmist alarmed? Because he knowns that eventually the wicked would be destroyed because of their disregard for the law.
Throughout life’s journey the songs of the pilgrims have cheered the lonely wayfarer. For we are all pilgrims on this earth. Our true home is to be home with Jesus in His heavenly some. So as we travel toward that distant land we can sing the songs of that fair domain. The theme of our sons should be that of the psalmist, the wonderful character of God as revealed in the law of God, which shows us the true character of God.
When I lay awake at night, during those long sleepless hours of the night may they be profitably spent in meditating upon God and His law.
All this has become mine because I delight in Your law and your precepts. I meditate upon You day and night and this has become my comfort, my courage, and gives me the power to sing because of the hope that is within me and because I obey God’s precepts, all these blessings come to me in the path of obedience.