Words have an interesting affect. Sometimes people’s words encourage us, other times they infuriate, still others may make us laugh. The effects of various words are directly related to the person delivering them and the content and context that is contained.
Consider the supreme affect of the words of God. The Psalmist confesses to God that the words of God are his “comfort in affliction” and the chief instrument for revival in his soul (Ps. 119.50).
Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me.
Why are these words comforting? The word of God comes and brings comfort to the saint because the words of God are eternally linked to the divine character.
Why can I take comfort in affliction? It is because the word of God communicates that God is eternally sovereign and all-powerful! Nothing or no one can thwart his plans, he has no rivals!
In addition, I can be comforted in affliction because God is equally good as he is sovereign. It would be one thing to be all powerful but be corrupt like an evil dictator. But no, our God is eternally good and powerful. O’ consider the comforts of this! He is able not only to control the various situations and trials of life, but also to work them together for the good of the saint and the greater glory of his own character!
How good it is in prayer to remember the commitment of God to his own glory and character, even in our trials, that he is the living God who acts and thinks consistent with what he has revealed in his word! Throughout my life I am to be running to the word for consolation! For it is in this word that I know God.
This is why the Psalmist speaks of revival. Encouraging words from a friend can lift your spirits, but it is only the word of the living God that can revive your soul! He comes to the geyser of divine glory to put his weary and tired face to its base and is refreshed and revived in his innermost man with the refreshing reality of who God is.
Thanks be to the gracious, merciful, and loving God who has stooped towards us his creation, even communicating his infinite character in terms that our finite brains can understand, that we could respond with whole souled exaltation to the great I am.
[As a church we are reading through the book of Psalms each Sunday morning. As a result Thursday postings will be geared toward a devotional look at the respective Psalm for each week in effort to kindle genuine affections in heart of the child of God through the word of God to the glory of God.]