by Johnny Hunt

A Wineskin in Smoke
Johnny Hunt
Psalm 119:81-88
August 10, 2008

INTRODUCTION: This Psalm has been referred to as the "orphan psalm" of the Hebrew hymn book. Throughout the Psalm we are made aware that the singer is in trouble. Since he remains anonymous, the Holy Spirit intends his suffering to be of universal significance. Any struggling saint of God can put his or her name at the head of this psalm and sing to themselves.

The focus is on the request of the believer to receive comfort for his affliction and the responses of the believer while he waited for the Lord to judge his enemies and deliver him from persecution and danger. The psalm brings a constant reminder that the Christian life is a battleground, not a playground, and we must expect trouble.

John 16:33, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

The Psalmist is in greater need of having his faith stabilized than he is in need of seeing judgment upon his persecutors. The word in which he delights and upon which he meditates (vv. 77-78) will produce that faith in him.

Romans 10:17, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Faith will permit him to see that which is not visible. Then he will find rest for his soul.

Psalms 37:7, "Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass."

In this text we find that his prayers will be answered to his complete satisfaction, although not according to his thinking.

It is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring us to our knees when we have a pressing need. However, the supply from the loving Father may not be that for which we petitioned Him. There may be a more urgent need that we did not comprehend. He will supply according to that need.

Philippians 4:19, "And my God shall supply all your nee ...

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