Remember the word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope.
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.
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.