Where do you turn when dark clouds come over you? Are your friends like those who brought their worldly 'wisdom' to Job? The author of Psalm 119 found that true comfort comes from the Word of God and God the word.

[Aside: Psalm 119 is exactly 176 Verses long because of Its poetic structure. Psalm 119 is in an alphabet acrostic. There are 22 stanzas or paragraphs in this Psalm, one for each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet in order. Each of the stanzas has 8 verses which also begin with the same letter.]

Thomas Manton gives us that which the author received in the Word of God so that we too can find that sure comfort in the Word of God for it and it alone is a living and efficacious word from the one true living God.

IN the former verse the man of God had complained of the delay of the promise, and that his hope was so long suspended; now in this verse he showeth what was his support, and did revive him during this delay and the sore afflictions which befell him in the meantime. The promise comforted him before performance came, ‘This is my comfort in my affliction, thy word hath quickened me.’

1. Observe here, the man of God had his afflictions; for we are not exempted from troubles, but comforted in troubles. God’s promise, and hope therein, may occasion us much trouble and persecution in the world. Yet—

2. This very promise which occasioneth the trouble is the ground of our support; for one great benefit which we have by the word is comfort against afflictions.

3. This comfort which we have by the word is the quickening and life of the soul. The life of our soul is first received by the word, and still maintained by the same word: James 1:18, ‘Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth;’ 1 Peter 1:23, ‘Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.’
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