I have remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord, and have comforted myself. (Psalm 119:52)
There’s one thing I know for sure, and that’s that following current events can be super distressing. You turn on the TV, and more often than not, you have a whole lot of bad news. Earthquakes in this country, tsunamis in another country, school shootings over there, suicide bomb attacks over there. Really, it ends up being really overwhelming. Sometimes, crimes are committed, and the culprits manage to escape from the arm of the law. For believers, you may put in your all for His work and stuff, yet ingratitude, suffering and the like is all you seem to be getting in return.
Let’s face it, life can be really depressing and can serve up a lot of discouragement. It’s extremely easy to look around you and lose all hope. But the word of Yahweh is our comfort.
Looking at the above scripture, the psalmist states that upon remembrance of God’s past dealings, he finds comfort.
When the grief of evil grips him, he is reminded of God’s dealings with Sodom and Gomorrah, the universal flood, and His regular declarations of hatred, and finds solace in the fact that as He is the same yesterday, today and forever, evil will surely meet its horrid end in its due time. It may look like evil has a sweet upper hand, but it’s an illusion. Evil will eventually be given the full taste of defeat at the end of time.
When the stress of unappreciation and vain labour strikes, he is reminded of the little story of Mordecai, of how God is not unjust to forget his labour of love, and is assured that the One who sees and knows all things will never let good go unrewarded.
God has proven Himself to be a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him, and a punisher of all who do evil. We would do our souls much good by remembering what He’s done for us in the past, and knowing that He can do it again.