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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

August 13

Hope in His Word – Psalm 119:81–88

Are you afraid of becoming useless? Why?

As people grow older, they sometimes fear that they will become helpless or useless. The Psalmist wrote, “I am become like a bottle [wineskin] in the smoke” (v. 83). A wineskin that had hung in the smoke of a campfire for a long time became black and shriveled—eventually, useless. As you grow older, you may feel like your life is becoming like that.

However, you can have hope in the Lord and in His Word. The Psalmist finished verse 83 by writing, “yet do I not forget thy statutes.” He also wrote, “My soul fainteth for thy salvation, but I hope in thy word (v. 81).

You may wonder how long you are going to live. “How many are the days of thy servant?” (v. 84). Or, you may question how long the Lord will use you for His service. Problems in your life may become so great that you wonder if the Lord is ever going to give you relief. “Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?” (v. 82).

Regardless of what is happening, you can continue to have hope in the Lord and in His promises. “All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me” (v. 86). God does not always explain why He allows bad things to happen to those who love Him. Even if you do not understand, you must still dedicate yourself to continuing to hope in Him. “I forsook not thy precepts” (v. 87).

As you continue to hope in the Lord, you can confidently pray, “Quicken [revive] me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth” (v. 88). Keep your hope in Him, and believe that He has a purpose for you, as long as He continues to give you life!