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Our comfort in suffering is not in whether God will end the suffering quickly for us, but in His word’s promises to care for us no matter what.

BibleGateway: Psalm 119:49-56

ESV Text: Psalm 119:49-56

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 4:14 and ends at about 5:7

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     49 ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

     50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

     51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.

     52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.

     53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

     54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

     55 I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law. 56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 118:
Father, Let Me Dedicate

— Organ Audio

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1. Father, let me dedicate 
All this year to Thee, 
In whatever earthly state 
Thou wilt have me be. 
Not from sorrow, pain, or care 
Freedom dare I claim; 
This alone shall be my prayer: 
Glorify Thy name. 

2. Can a child presume to choose 
Where or how to live? 
Can a father’s love refuse 
All the best to give? 
More Thou givest every day 
Than the best can claim 
Nor withholdest aught that may 
Glorify Thy name. 

3. If in mercy Thou wilt spare 
Joys that yet are mine; 
If on life, serene and fair, 
Brighter rays may shine, 
Let my glad heart while it sings 
Thee in all proclaim 
And, whate’er the future brings, 
Glorify Thy name. 

4. If Thou callest to the cross 
And its shadow come, 
Turning all my gain to loss, 
Shrouding heart and home, 
Let me think how Thy dear Son 
To His glory came 
And in deepest woe pray on: 
“Glorify Thy name.” 

Hymn: LSB 738 Lord of All Hopefulness