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The Word Gives Hope (Psalm 119:49)

Remember the word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope.
Psalm 119:49

Let’s begin by considering the fact that God has given to us His word. And in His word, He has determined to instruct us about the past, present and future. How did life begin? How did life get the way it is? Why are we here? What is sin? What does it mean to die? What happens when we die? Who is God? What is He like? How can we have a relationship with God? Should we want a relationship with God? How can a sinful person please God?

Can you imagine what life would be like if we did not have the word of God?

Have you ever struggled remembering things? Even things that you said? Can you imagine what it would be like if God did not remember what He said? How about if He simply changed His mind? ‘I don’t believe that anymore’ or ‘I just don’t want to do that anymore.’ What if He was really dishonest and life as we know it was simply a game? It would be awful. But God is not like us. The psalmist is not saying “Remember the word to Your servant” because he questions God’s faithfulness to His word. It is his way of emphasizing how he depends on God’s word.

If you are a servant of God than you must realize your desperate need for His word. After all, the life of a true servant is to please his master. The only way you can possibly accomplish this is by learning the word that He has so graciously provided. As you read God’s word, keep in mind that you are reading it as God’s servant. You are reading so that you can be the best servant you can be!

The psalmist’s hope is grounded in God’s word and God’s faithfulness in fulfilling all that He has promised. God’s servant does not have to wonder what is on God’s mind or how he can be at peace with God. He doesn’t have to fear the future.

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 6:19–20

Because of God’s character and gracious provision, we can say with the psalmist:

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.
Psalm 31:24

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58