My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word. I have declared my ways, and You answered me; teach me Your statutes. Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on Your wonderful works. My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to Your word. Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me Your law graciously. I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me. I cling to Your testimonies; O Lord, do not put me to shame! I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart. (Psalm 119:25-32)
How The Word Refreshes
Life can be tedious and hard. It can overwhelm the soul with the challenges that make the day long and the spirit weak. There are many things that happen that are unexpected filling life with doubts, fears and a desperate feeling of hopelessness. People can disappoint, finances fail, health deteriorates or a host of things that beat down the soul to whereas the psalmist declares a feeling of clinging to the dust of the earth is all his reward. His soul melts under the heavy weight of despair. These feelings are common for many and without the proper remedy will destroy a life. Despondent over the burdens of life people turn to artificial stimulants to dull the pain hoping to escape from the blackness of their disparity. The psalmist declares there is only one true hope in the midst of hopelessness and that is the presence of God in the heart of man. It is not merely words on a page. The answer to man’s weakened spirit is the knowledge of the Creator and how majestic His mercy, truth and grace can fill the heart with hope, happiness and joy.
Revival comes from the word of the Lord. Man can find himself clinging to the dust which is the lowest a man can find himself. His hope is to know that he is not forgotten, cast aside or made worthless in the sight of God. He was created in the image of the Almighty and with the purpose of glorifying the Lord God. Men will fail other men but God will never fail His creation when there is hope in the eye and truth in the heart. Revival comes from spending time in the word of God learning about the nature of man. From the beginning with Adam through the centuries with men like Noah, Abraham, Moses, David and the prophets, the word of God reveals that all men struggle with the challenge of faith. No man is perfect that has walked on the face of the earth save One. Learning the statues of the Lord will increase faith to know there is a way to live that will bring joy in the midst of trial. The man Job suffered immensely but his joy was found in the end of his trials and retaining his faith in the promises of God. Understanding the way of God’s precepts is setting a path of righteousness to a better day. What can man do that God has not done greater even a thousand times more noble and pure? Who among the people of God revealed in scripture did the Lord ever fail? The remarkable story of the Bible is that man failed God repeatedly but never – never – did God fail man. All of His promises were kept and He never failed to provide for the needs of man. You will not know this unless you spend time in the word of God learning about His precepts.
The soul melts with heaviness but the word of God revives. Truth is the path of happiness and following the judgments of the Lord will bring blessings. Godliness is not only profitable for the salvation of the soul but it will bring greater blessings in this life. Following after the testimonies and commandments of the Lord removes the darkness of self-pity, despair, hopelessness and doubt. Faith is the courage to believe in what cannot be seen knowing that what is seen is the truth of God’s word in the heart. Choosing the way of truth will never bring shame to the life of those who abide in the word of the Lord. When the soul clings to the dust, cleave to the word of God. Found on the pages of the Bible is the mind of God revealed to all men to guide them to a better life here and an unimaginable life to come. Hope rings true with the word of God. Read it. Live it. Embrace it.