Today's encouragement comes from Psalm 119:49, where we read these words:
"Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope."
All of us operate on the principle(s) of one or two foundational statements, which we thoroughly believe; and, against which all other truth claims get measured. The psalmist (above—who wrote Ps. 119) was famous for his love for God's word; and yet even he fiercely clung to some *one* promise of the Lord, which gave him "hope," and which helped him cope in a tough world.
What is it, at base, to which we are *really* committed? If it is the Gospel prin-ciple, which directs us to Jesus, and puts us in His church—then we are in good shape. If it is anything else, then we are putting our hope in things (and people) which cannot deliver.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Faith works the heart to a sweet, serene compo-sure. It is not having food and raiment, but having faith which will make us content.” —Thomas Watson, in, "The Art of Divine Contentment"]