How the Sword of the Lord Brings Hope


After a Christmas Pause I bless you with a joy filled New Year, looking to Jesus, the Comforter and Lifter of your head.  Jesus, the giver of grace and peace, the One who tenderly touches your heart as He creates the ‘new thing’ He promised would come forth.

His Word is the Sword of the Lord.  His Word is a two-edged sword able to separate joint from marrow, spirit from soul.  His Word brings clear division even as it brings forth unity between our spirit, soul and body.

When we read His Word, turn it about in our minds we begin the process of hiding it in our hearts.  As we meditate and ponder the Words of Life, our hearts fill with the River of Living Water.

….Living Water flowing from the Ocean of God’s great love.

Zayin is the Hebrew alphabet letter meaning aggressiveness.  Maybe you are asking, “What’s all this got to do with Psalm 119 and our life?”    Maybe you find all this Hebrew alphabet stuff a bit boring and not applicable to you.  I promise you though, if you would hang on a little while longer, I believe you will see something to stir your spirit to excitement.

As we read verses, 49-56 of Psalm 119 with the awareness of the meaning of ‘Zayin’ being ‘aggressive’, our inner eyes will see where the Psalmist is choosing to be aggressive.  Today we are only going to look at verse 49. There is so much in this one verse that has blessed my heart today!

Psalm 119:49 Remember the word to Your servant in which You have made me hope.

In a time of life when he feels hopeless and barren, instead of walking in despair and discouragement, the voice of the Psalmist rises to the ears of the Lord.  He is not beseeching and bewailing in the face of the prevailing circumstances.  He is not being a crybaby.  He conducts himself as a mature man of God.  A man who has been training himself to walk in the way of the Lord.

I love how in the middle of the barren dry land he finds himself in; he stands his ground and remembers the Word the Lord had given him to inspire hope.

Does your heart get excited when you read this verse and see how the offer of hope extends to you too?  The Lord has given us The Bible to give each one of us hope; he gives us ears to hear his voice and a heart to incubate the word he speaks to us.

When we are battling the darkness and difficulties life throws at us, oft times we catch the curve ball thrown at us.  I have done it.  Instead of recognizing the curve thrown by the arm of the enemy, holding up the Sword of the Lord to combat it, I have caught it and allowed fear to take root in my heart.

Quietness and confidence are our strength because we are not being drained and weakened by fearful feelings that make our legs unsteady and our hearts pound…  Our confidence rests securely in the Lord our God and it is that confidence that quiets our soul.   We are on intimate terms with our Lord and when we speak out, we are speaking from a platform of trust and security in Him.  We are not afraid.

Never forget dear Reader, Jesus is your Righteousness.  Jesus is your Shield; His Word covers your hearts like the Breastplate of Righteousness.  Jesus is the Word made flesh who dwelt among us for a time and now for all of time dwells inside us.

A Word to give you Hope: Meekness marked My character, and so it must mark yours to keep you from being marred by the enemy.  As you bow down, lay aside, and count as worthless your worldly treasures, you will begin to have sight that sees the treasures of My Kingdom.  Let your heart be strengthened by My Grace, finding in Me greater satisfaction and contentment than what the world offers.

The world offers the promise of battle and discouragement, disillusionment and failure.  Come and stay with Me and let Me take you by the hand and teach you how to use the Sword with skill.  I speak the Word, and the Sword of the Lord cuts through death, creates new life.  It is sharper than any double-edged sword because it has gone through the tempering fires of God.

As the dross is burned out, more and more of My Word will enter in.  Amazing light will rest and grow within you, and from that place My Sword will grow sharper in you.  Bring it forth in times of darkness and despair and see it gleam.  See the cohorts of the enemy scatter as you lift it high.  See their destruction as you land a piercing blow.

I have made your feet to be like hind’s feet, able to stand upon high places.  You will stand on the high places that have belonged to the enemy; with agility and grace you will tear them down.  You will sing songs of victory throughout the dark hours of your nights.

Let the greatest joy and delight and highest aim of your heart be that of seeking Me and finding what I have stored up to bless you with.  All that you can imagine – imagine, and I will do far beyond for you.  You will aim at and hit the mark.

Defined by Grace,

Listening for His heart,



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  1. Mel Thompson says

    Loved this piece Jeannie. Made me think of a verse in another Psalm, that when I’m right in the midst of discouragement, dis-heartened, feeling defeated, flaming missiles coming at me from all directions…there is HOPE, an heavenly expectation. For in the middle of it all, GOD has prepared a table with a white linen tablecloth, the King’s silverware and the finest of China…in the presence of my enemies (Psalm 23:5).

  2. Karen says

    Thanks for this reminder that Quietness and confidence are our strength. Too often we REACT to our circumstances instead of seeking the Lord to know how to RESPOND. It’s in stillness that we get God’s perspective and know what to do next. thanks, Jeannie~

  3. Amy Hagerup says

    HI Jeannie, I am memorizing I Peter right now and in chapter 3, it says as women, we are to have a gentle and quiet spirit. This is such a great reminder. He is my righteousness. He is my shield! Praise Him. Blessings, Amy

  4. Kathleen says

    “Instead of recognizing the curve thrown by the arm of the enemy, holding up the Sword of the Lord to combat it, I have caught it and allowed fear to take root in my heart.” – Beautifully expressed. We’ve all been there!

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