If I asked the question, ‘what provides you with the most comfort?’, what are some things that come immediately to mind? Is it a person? A book? An activity? Or perhaps a food (that’s why they are called “comfort foods” after all)! For an outdoorsman like myself, I find a level of comfort in mentally escaping to a mountain or wilderness setting. I’ll admit to having webcams of some beautiful locations in Wyoming saved on my internet favorites at work. Really stressed out? Let me see what it looks like right now at some beautiful location and I’ll enjoy a brief mental respite!
While there certainly is nothing wrong with finding peace and comfort in those types of things, we read today about where the psalmist, mostly likely David, turned to for comfort. We find ourselves again in Psalm 119, the longest chapter of the Bible. Take a note of what he wrote in verses 49-50, “Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.” And again in verse 52, “I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.”
Here we have the reminder of one of the major ministries the Word of God offers us: comfort. Reading through the Bible allows us to unpack promises and words of encouragement that should offer us continual comfort. Even just yesterday I read Hebrews 4:16 where the encouragement is given to “come boldly to the throne of grace.” What comfort verses like that offer us in our times of trial and temptation! No matter the situation, there is a verse for it. Discouragement? Anxiety? Over-powering sin? Yep, there’s a verse(s) for it! So while we all may have our stress-relievers that can help us through our day, may we routinely take full advantage of the comfort that the Word of God offers.