Aim: To be fed by, and encouraged by God's Word from heaven.
Doctrine: The Lord gives us plenty, so that we may thrive in hardship. God's word enlivens our love for Him, and God's calling emboldens our labor for Him.
Exegesis: From the valley, to the summit, and back into the valley: corporate sin brings personal suffering (vv. 12-15); heaven's provision restores the soul (vv. 16-18); renewed repentance brings fresh encouragement (vv. 19-21).
Further application: How to find help in hard times: strive hard after God, with a whole heart, and trust God to bless His word in me.
Key verse: v. 16 ''Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.''
Rev. Mark Henninger received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and he has been Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois for more than 25 years.