“For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.”
During the time this Psalm was pinned, bottles were made of animal skin and dried by smoke. For the Psalmist to describe himself as such a bottle, he must have been in a very uncomfortable state, but despite his lack of comfort, he made sure not to forget about the Word of the Lord.
When we find ourselves in an uncomfortable situation, we tend to rely on anyone or anything to rescue us; oftentimes forgetting that God’s Word has the Answer to soothe our soul.
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.”
We often take for granted the benefits of making the Word of God a priority in our lives. In His Word, there is favour, joy, love, peace, and so much more to be found.
Our impatience causes us to ask God, “When wilt thou comfort me?”, yet He has already provided the comfort, we just fail to look for it. What have we missed because we neglected to see what the Scriptures had to say?
“But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;”
Seven times in the New Testament, Jesus Christ asks this question: “Have ye not read…?” He must have desired for the people to realize the importance of reading the Scriptures, and He preserved His Word so that we could realize it too. Whatever our situation, God’s Word provides the solution; if only we would seek to find it.
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must stop neglecting the Word of God.
Deuteronomy 11-12 | Mark 10 | Psalm 52
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