God’s Comfort in Difficult Times
Category : General
Psalm 119: 76 (KJV)
76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
It has been observed that, “In the Word in which God offers his mercy, there is to be found no small comfort for healing all the grief to which men are liable.”
David was exposed to many and severe trials: and, if he had not been favored with peculiar supports, he would have sunk under them. This he often mentions in 1 Samuel 30:6 and Psalms 116:3-5. Also, confiding in the Divine promise, he already cherished in his heart a joy, proceeding from the hope of receiving the communications of Divine grace. But as all our hope would end in mere disappointment, did not God at length appear as our deliverer, he requests the performance of that which God had promised him. Similarly, we notice Paul also acknowledges his obligation to God for the same supports 2 Corinthians 1:3-5. Moreover, when such manifestations were withdrawn, even Jesus himself almost fainted (Matthew 27:46). And although he has acknowledged that he had been justly humbled, yet he desires that his sorrow may be alleviated by some consolation. He implores God’s mercy, as what was essentially necessary to relieve and cure his miseries. He thus shows that nothing can remove sorrow from the faithful, until they feel that God is reconciled to them.
The names and number of those that have been helped as revealed in Scriptures as well in history is innumerable. How many have the blessings of health and wealth, who taste nothing of God’s loving-kindness in them, but make them the occasions of more flagrant opposition to His will! How many have been restored to health, who by their subsequent misconduct have turned that mercy into a real curse! Above all, how many have made Christ Himself a stumbling-block instead of a Savior, and “the gospel a savor of death,” when it might have been to them “a savor of life!” Thus, would all men do, if they were left to themselves: even Hezekiah’s miraculous recovery, and Paul’s visit to the third heavens, would have issued only in their deeper condemnation, if God had not given grace to the one, and “a thorn in the flesh” to the other, to counteract the propensities of their fallen nature. Well then might David make this a matter of prayer to God, when none but God could impart to him this benefit.
Let me say that it is no light matter to abuse the merciful kindness of God. The day is coming, when every mercy we have received, must be accounted for; because when it does, as the Scriptures says, “it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah than for those” who have slighted a preached gospel.
Friends every mercy therefore should be received with a holy fear and jealousy, lest it should prove only an occasion of more aggravated guilt, and heavier condemnation. And let us more frequently reflect on the loving-kindness and goodness of God Psalms 26:3, 63:3. Also let us meditate on it especially in seasons of trouble Ps. 143:7-8. And let us endeavor to requite it by devoting ourselves unreservedly to His service.
Have a Great and God filled Day