This psalm is an acrostic poem. Each stanza begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

49 Remember your word to your servant,
for you have given me hope.
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.
51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
but I do not turn from your law.
52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
who have forsaken your law.
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song
wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
that I may keep your law.
56 This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts. Psalm 119:49-56

What do you think about as you lay your head on the pillow each night?

Is your mind still racing through the day’s events?

Are you busy planning the next day’s events?

Some I daresay are contemplating the bigger questions in life, like how you’ll make it through the next day or when your runaway son or daughter will come home. In instances like those, thinking about daily events are a luxury.

It’s for those people I’d like to pray for. You see, life throws us a lot of curve balls. Some of those curve balls knock us down for a while. You see the darker sides of life. Your outlook on so many things change.

Father God,
For the reader who is struggling today, you alone know their predicament. You alone know their needs and cares. You alone can comfort and encourage.

I pray for the lonely and the afraid and the hurting. I pray your comfort, your peace, your encouragement as they climb back to the top of the well they think they’re in.

I pray that you would encourage them to cry out to you, and then to cry out to others to let you minister through them.

Lord, I know there are hurting Believers out there, but I also know the power of your touch. So would you just speak into their lives today.

Heal their brokenness. Heal their sorrow. Let them weep if they need to weep, and laugh when they need to too.

Bring comfort.

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

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