There’s a Verse for That

You ever have a burden, or burdens that are so consuming that you can’t seem to get your mind off them? You go to sleep at night and they keep you up. You go to work and they’re a constant distraction. You have what you think is a quiet moment, and there they are.

There’s a verse for that:

“In the multitude of my thoughs within me Thy comforts delight my soul” (Psalm 94:19).

Like many of us, the writer of Psalm 94 had many pressing burdens on his heart. Some were literally life-threatening. So, what did he do to keep from flying into panic or despair?

First, he remembered his past experiences with God:

“When I said, ‘My foot slippeth;’ thy mercy, O LORD, held me up” (Psalm 94:18).

This was not the first time this writer had found himself in such dire straits. He remembered how God had carried him through in the past and he rested in the confidence of God’s faithfulness to get him through his present predicament.

Second, he rehearsed for himself the character of God and God’s love for him:

“But the LORD is my [defense]; and my God is the rock of my refuge” (Psalm 94:22).

His circumstances were indeed bleak. He was not living in denial of the facts. His enemies were gathering, and his life was in danger, but he did not let his circumstances overwhelm his faith. He does not say “God was my defense.” He says, “God is my defense.” His view and understanding of God remained unchanged regardless of his circumstances because he knew his God was unchangeable.

And that brings us back to our original verse:

“In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul” (Psalm 94:19).

Yes, this psalmist had a lot on his plate. We, too, have concerns facing us that loom large in our eyes, but we serve the same God as this psalmist did and like him we need to remember that no matter how big our problems are, our God is greater than them all.

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