Psalms 119:76 “Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.”
As I read Psalm 119:76 this morning, I began wondering what exactly was the promise made to the author of the psalm. Whatever the promise was, it was suppose to bring the author steadfast and comforting love. This is the sort of promise that you and I most definitely need in our day to day lives. So for the next couple of days, I will be exploring what this promise is.
The first thing to note about this promise is that it is singularity recorded in the Bible.
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, (emphasis mine) concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, (Romans 1:1–6 ESV)
This promise was spoken from God, declared through the prophets, and written down for us in the Holy Scriptures. This truth is important as it eliminates the false conception that God promises us things we might feel, sense, or have some sort of subjective prophetic word about. God’s promises are given to us in the Scriptures. They are there written in black and white for any and all to access without going to a special conference, through a certain priest, or a transcendental prayer service.
The first particular of the promise is that it concerns Jesus Christ the Son of God. Ephesians, 2 Timothy, and Romans tell us the promise is in Christ Jesus.
- “This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6 ESV)
- “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,” (2 Timothy 1:1 ESV)
I will unpack this more in the days to come. For now, let’s anticipate that God will soon bring to us steadfast and comforting love through the promise that is in Christ Jesus. Blessing to you this day!