Psalm 119:49–56 49ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, Upon which thou hast caused me to hope. 50This is my comfort in my affliction: For thy word hath quickened me. 51The proud have had me greatly in derision: Yet have I not declined from thy law. 52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; And have comforted myself. 53Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked That forsake thy law. 54Thy statutes have been my songs In the house of my pilgrimage. 55I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, And have kept thy law. 56This I had, Because I kept thy precepts.
This past Sunday the church I serve began a study of the book of Nehemiah. That wonderful book tells the story of how God restored the walls of Jerusalem and brought order and life back to the city. Nehemiah was a wonderful leader, used of God in a powerful way. Sometimes he seemed harsh but the end result was blessing. His name means, “Jehovah comforts” and comes from the same Hebrew word as the one translated “comfort” in Psalm 119:50.
Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction: For thy word hath quickened me.
Through Nehemiah, the God of grace sent a comforter to a place and people in crisis to rebuild and restore.
In this Psalm, we see that he still does, if you are experiencing brokenness in your life, there is a Nehemiah!
There is a comfort from Jehovah that can begin the work of restoration, it is the Word of God.
I can say from experience that time in the Scriptures can strengthen your defenses, build back your broken parts, and bring life back again. The work in the Word will not be easy and sometimes the correction you receive will seem harsh but the reward will be great!
Will you determine to let God’s Nehemiah begin a work of restoration in you?