Psalm 37:39, “The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.”
3. STRENGTHENING ACCORDING TO THE WORD
Psalm 119:28, “My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to Your Word.”
The Psalmist is grieving. The tears pour down his face and his chest heaves with weeping. He feels his soul dissolving and dropping away. The Hebrew word ‘melts’ actually means ‘ to drop away’. It is the poetical way to express weeping.
Oh dear one, are you going through a time of grieving? Are you overcome with sorrow? Do you feel your soul dropping away because your heart is broken? You don’t have to continue this way. Even in his anguish, the psalmist knows there is an answer. It was God’s living words. He knows its power to strengthen his soul and his emotions.
Dear grieving one, get down on your knees and open the Word of God. Ask God to speak into your heart. His Word has the power to strengthen your heart. Claim His promises. Start speaking them out loud. They will restore your soul. They will strengthen your innermost soul and emotions.
God not only has the power to strengthen you physically, but to strengthen you inwardly. His strengthening Word will even put a song in your heart. Read these verses - Psalm 27:14; 31:24; 73:26; 118:14; 138:3; Ephesians 3:16.
4. MERCIES AND SALVATION ACCORDING TO THE WORD
Psalm 119: 41, “Let your mercies come also to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your word.” Read also verses 58 and 76.
God’s mercies are very great. They are plenteous. They are abundant. But they are according to the Word. His everlasting mercies line up with His everlasting Word. We cannot expect mercy when we violate God’s written laws because mercy does not compromise truth. Mercy and truth are twins. Psalm 25:10 says, “All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.” (Psalm 85:10; 89:14)
But we can receive mercy when we repent and receive the cleansing of the precious blood of Jesus, because this promise is written in the Word. The Word is filled with precious promises, but most are preceded by a commandment. When we obey His commandments we will receive the bountiful mercies of the Lord.
It is through the mercies of the Lord and the living Word of God that we are saved from sin and born again. 1 Peter 1:23 says, “Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides for ever.” And Titus 3:5,”Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us…”
Love from NANCY CAMPBELL
“Oh thank you, Lord, for your great mercies, for your great salvation and for your great and powerful living Word. Thank you with all my heart. Amen.”
“I bask in your mercy today.”