Sunday Considerations: Comfort In Affliction

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This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.
(Psalm 119:50 ESV)

The worldling clutches his money bag and says, “this is my comfort”; the spendthrift points to his gaiety, shouts, “this is my comfort”; the drunkard lifts his glass, and sings, “this is my comfort”; but the man whose hope comes from God feels the giving power of the word of the Lord, and he testifies, “this is my fort.” Paul said, “I know whom I have believed.” Comfort is desirable all times; but comfort in affliction is like a lamp in a dark place. Some unable to find comfort at such times; but it is not so with believers, their Savour has said to them, “I will not leave you comfortless.” have comfort and no affliction, others have affliction and no comfort; the saints have comfort in their affliction.1

I am severely afflicted; give me life, O LORD, according to your word!
(Psalm 119:107 ESV)

The Lord has promised, prepared, and provided this blessing of renewed life for all his waiting servants: it is a covenant blessing, and it is as obtainable as it is needful. Frequently the affliction is made the means of the quickening, even as the stirring of a fire promotes the heat of the flame. In their affliction some desire death, let us pray for life. Our foreboding under trial are often very gloomy, let us entreat the Lord to deal with us, not according to our fears, but according to his own word. David had but few promises to quote, and probably these were in his own psalms, yet he pleads the word of the Lord; how much more should we do so, since to us so many holy men have spoken by the Spirit of the Lord in that wonderful library which is now our Bible. Seeing we have more promises, let us offer more prayers.2

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  1. Spurgeon, Charles H. The Treasury of David. Verse 50.
  2. Ibid., Verse 107.
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