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How is God's Word a "source of hope" to the believer?

Context:  Psalm 119:113-117

113 I hate those with divided loyalties,
    but I love your instructions.
114 You are my refuge and my shield;
    your word is my source of hope.
115 Get out of my life, you evil-minded people,
    for I intend to obey the commands of my God.
116 Lord, sustain me as you promised, that I may live!
    Do not let my hope be crushed.
117 Sustain me, and I will be rescued;
    then I will meditate continually on your decrees.

Psalms 119:114

ESV - 114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.

Clarify Share Report Asked November 08 2020 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini James Kraft 74 year old retired pipeline worker
First Corinthians 15:1-4 That Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures, that He was buried and rose again on the third day, according to the scriptures. 

Our sin debt is paid in full, and we can no longer be condemned. John 3:18.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, everybody, that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, that WHOSOEVER, anybody, believeth in Him, should not perish, but HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE. Jesus said it, we believe it and that settles it. 

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on Him that sent me, HATH EVERLASTING LIFE, and shall not come into judgement, but is passed from death unto life. 

John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me HATH EVERLASTING LIFE. God can not lie. 

Ephesians 1:13-14. Our guarantee of eternal life. Ephesians 4:30. Sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. The rapture of the church. 

First Thessalonians 4:13-18. Comfort one another with these words. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace ye are saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. You can not boast in free. 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, and we all sin, First John 1:8, and we all die, but, THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE, through Jesus finished work on the cross plus nothing. 

We have to be as righteous as God to go to heaven. And no one is. Romans 4:6 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputeth righteousness APART FROM WORKS. Blessed is the man whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

January 15 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
To me, the thought being expressed is that, in spite of even the worst temporal circumstances to which a believer might be subjected, God, through His word, gives the believer hope by providing the knowledge of His continual presence in this life, and by His promises regarding the believer's eternal state, which are infinitely greater because that state will last forever, and there is no power in the universe that can stop God from fulfilling them.

If Psalm 119 is regarded as having been written by David, one of the examples of this hope would have been the assurance provided by God to David in 2 Samuel 7 -- despite the afflictions to which David was subsequently subjected as a judgment against his sin with Bathsheba -- that his house would last forever (including having the Messiah born through his earthly lineage).

November 08 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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