When You Don’t Have A Word

In Psalm 130 the Psalmist, in “the depths,” cries out to God. Then in :5 he says: “in His word do I hope”. In “the depths” of our own particular situations, we should do the same thing: put our hope in God’s word. Sometimes people talk about how God has given them a specific “word” of scripture to “hang their hat” on, and trust in for their situation. But what if He doesn’t give you a word like that?

If you walk with God every day in His word and prayer, but you don’t receive a specific “word” for your situation, then you still have a “word” from Him: you have all the promises He has ALREADY given you in scripture. For example, you can claim:

— that God is GOOD (Psalm 100:5) You know He is not doing something evil to you, for He is a good and holy God. He is up to something good in the end.

— that God is causing ALL THINGS to work together for good (Romans 8:28). That includes “the depths” that you find yourself in right now.

— that He is in the business of MOLDING you to be more like Jesus: “Whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son.” (Romans 8:29).

— that your purpose in EVERYTHING is the same: to glorify God: “Whether then you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31)

As the old hymn says: “What more can He say than to you He hath said?” Whatever “depths” you find yourself in, you already have a “word” from God. Like the Psalmist here, put your hope in the word He has already given you. It is more than enough!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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4 Responses to When You Don’t Have A Word

  1. oloryn says:

    That old hymn is “How Firm A Foundation”, one of my favorite hymns. I can remember singing it in an archaeology class at Asbury, where the professor had a habit of opening class with a hymn, and the class was composed primarily of men. Something about the acoustics of that classroom and all of those deep booming voices fit the lyrics of the hymn in a way that still sticks out in my mind.

  2. Shawn Thomas says:

    I know what you mean, Ben. When I was at Southwestern, the men’s voices in chapel singing “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” was an experience that may not be bettered this side of glory!

  3. I think of late I am beginning to comprehend the depths of faith which seems to correlate to the depths of my understanding that God always has a word for me:
    I know the plans I have for you.
    My grace is sufficient for you.
    My thoughts are not your thoughts.
    Amen. Our God and His word are quite amazing.

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