S My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees. How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors?
0 The Psalmist is longing to be saved from his enemies. He puts his hope in the word of God. A wineskin hung is the smoke is dried and shriveled up per a commentary. He does not forget God’s word.
Matthew Henry Concise Commentary.
Psalm 119: 81-88 The psalmist sought deliverance from his sins, his foes, and his fears. Hope deferred made him faint; his eyes failed by looking out for this expected salvation. But when the eyes fail, yet faith must not. His affliction was great. He was become like a leathern bottle, which, if hung up in the smoke, is dried and shrivelled up. We must ever be mindful of God’s statutes. The days of the believer’s mourning shall be ended; they are but for a moment, compared with eternal happiness. His enemies used craft as well as power for his ruin, in contempt of the law of God. The commandments of God are true and faithful guides in the path of peace and safety. We may best expect help from God when, like our Master, we do well and suffer for it. Wicked men may almost consume the believer upon earth, but he would sooner forsake all than forsake the word of the Lord. We should depend upon the grace of God for strength to do every good work. The surest token of God’s good-will toward us, is his good work in us.
A When you feel attacked who do you put your hope in? Is your hope in God’s word and promises? Do you feel used are you mindful of God’s promises. Do you memorize God’s word?
P Father God I thank you that you have delivered me from my enemies and my fears. Lord, my hope is in you. I count on you saving me from my enemies. Lord my hope and faith do not let me waiver or let my hope fail. Let hope prevail. Thank you for your word. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Beloved, let’s praise God that he delivers us from our enemies. Does your hope come from the Lord.