Thursday, November 26, 2009

The fontain of hope

“They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts. Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth” (Psalm 119:87).

The son of a poor man was travelling to a distant city for greener pastures and the father had no money to give him, except his transport fare. However, he had a Bible which he handed over to the boy, who before then had not been that familiar with it. As he did so, he said, I have no money that I can give you but there are so much treasure hidden in this book. Consult it everyday and you will never lack any good thing, neither will you be defeated.”

The boy did not think much about this until he ran into a difficult situation which made him extremely dejected. Just at the nick of time, he remembered the words of his father. Reaching out to where his Bible was, he opened. Lo and behold, he was faced with Matthew 11:28-30. As he read through, the Holy Ghost took over, his burden was lifted, and his life was no longer the same again after a fervent prayer session.

The Psalmist, in our text, puts his hope in the word of God for his salvation and comfort. He exuded great faith as he enthused that though he was extremely troubled by the enemy, he had made up his mind to trust in God’s statutes. Persecuted on all sides to the point of almost being destroyed, he was resolved to hold on tenaciously to God’s precepts.

He noted that the action of the proud who sought to destroy him was contrary to the word of God, yet for him he would never toe the line of wickedness. Rather, he looked unto God for deliverance, insisting he would keep to the word of God.

The word of God is the priceless treasure that can enrich our life without measure. It is the bastion of hope for the hopeless; it is the lamp to believers’ feet and light to their path; it is the source of believers’ authority and dominion over the enemy.

The hope of salvation for sinners lies in the word of God and it is the source of the believer’s strength. Therefore, the wise thing to do by all who desire victory in all areas of life and hope to be with the Lord at the end is to hold tightly to the word of God.

The word of God is the bulwark of the believer’s faith.

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