Monday, May 30, 2016

Thoughts on Psalm 119:49


49 Remember the word to Your servant,
Upon which You have caused me to hope.

Inside jokes are the best.

You know what I mean - those funny little sayings between you and your best friend, that only the two of you get. Maybe it's a few words that sum up an entire experience you shared together, and by mentioning that phrase, it connects so deeply that not only does no one around you understand, but even if you took an hour to explain it, they still wouldn't get it, because you had to be there.

Ahh, yes, inside jokes are the best.

Did you know that God wants to have inside jokes with you? He wants to share things with you that are so intimate, so profound, that though you explain them to others, it would never connect to their heart the way it does to you.

David sang about this in Psalm 25:

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant. Psalm 25:14

That's right, the Lord has secrets He wants to share with you. Listen to Jesus’ own words:

“To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” Revelation 2:17

Doesn't that strike you as odd? That He will give you a new name that no one else knows… Except you? Why would you need such a name?

This little story explains it perfectly: a young girl of about 7 or 8 met some new people, and they started calling her by her nickname. She immediately corrected them, “only my Daddy calls me by that name.”

It was a name that was intensely personal and intimate. It was an expression of a deep connection she had with her father.

When I read or sing this verse: “Remember the word to Your servant, upon which you have caused me to hope.” My heart goes to those secrets that the Lord Jesus has shared with me. Promises He has made me that have given me strength through the years when everything looked so bleak I wanted to give up.

Take some time to think about the secrets the Lord has shared with you.

Read His word to hear some more.


Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.