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Your Consolations Delight My Soul
Psalms 94:14 The psalmist had his share of worries, but he had the Lord to ease his mind
“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.”
Psalms 94:19 NASB1995
What a wonderful psalm! King David, the psalmist, had so many issues during his life. Enemies constantly attacked, both from other nations and from within Judah. He brought on a lot of problems himself — getting Bathsheba pregnant, then having her husband Uriah murdered; not disciplining his sons, which brought on all sorts of problems (Amnon commits incest and rape, is murdered by his brother Absalom); deciding against advice and God to take a census, which results in a deadly plague.
With all of these difficulties in life, David needed comfort from God. For most of us, just one anxious thought can bring on an unwanted torrent of “multiplied” worries that threaten to overwhelm us.
Fortunately, David could focus on His Lord and receive comfort from his anxiety. Charles H. Spurgeon had this beautiful thought about the consolations that “delight the soul”:
“How sweet are the comforts of the Spirit! Who can muse upon eternal love, immutable purposes, covenant promises, finished redemption, the risen Saviour, his union with his people, the coming glory, and such like themes, without feeling his heart leaping with joy?”
When you feel overwhelmed with anxiety, this is a perfect psalm to have “written on your heart” to offer consolation and comfort.
Heaven On Wheels Daily Prayer:
My Heavenly Father, it’s easy for me to become overwhelmed with anxieties when there are too many bad things happening in my life. At times like those, remind me to look for Your light to give me comfort, and Your Spirit to delight my soul. AMEN!
Scripture quotations taken from the (NASB®) New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved. lockman.org.
Spurgeon, Charles Haddon "The Treasury of David: Volume 2" (Psalms 58-110) (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson, 1988)