In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. ~Psalm 94:19
This morning, we are meditating on a powerful conclusion that the psalmist came to during a time of chastening from the Lord. Chastening is God’s means of disciplining His children when they are continuously disobedient and unrepentant about known sin in their lives. God uses chastening for our benefit so that we repent of our sin and pursue a life of holiness. In the midst of chastening, God uses this to also help us realize how much he loves us. It is through this process, we also learn about the comforts of God.
We see the SOLACE in God’s comfort.
“In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.” The psalmist is overwhelmed with fear about his situation. He feels like God is not working fast enough for him. He asks, “How long, Lord?” His thoughts are troubled until he brings his thoughts back on the Lord. Whenever our thoughts are on us, our circumstances make us cower. Yet, the psalmist allows his thoughts to be filled with the Lord, his mighty works, and his loving goodness. Thy comforts delight my soul! The God of all comfort gives us grace to strengthen us. The God of all comfort gives us peace where before, there was restlessness. His comfort restores the joy to our soul. His comfort overcomes negative thoughts with a confidence that God is in control.
We see the SAFEGUARD in God’s comfort.
“But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.” There is safety for us in God’s comfort. First, we realize God is our defensive Lineman, Who keeps the enemy from further attacking us. Ps. 91:4 tells us, “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” The enemy might come close, but he will not touch us. Not only is God our defense, but He is also our refuge. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe,” Prov. 18:10. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” Ps. 46:1.
We see the STABILITY from God’s comfort.
“When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.” He experienced God’s mercy in his time of crisis. He realized it’s because of God’s mercies that we are not consumed. He realized God has pity upon His children. Like Jeremiah, he experienced that God’s mercies are new every morning. God’s comfort through His mercy kept him from bowing to his circumstances. When things are going downhill and you feel like you are spinning out of control, let God’s mercy hold you up.
We see the STRATEGY in God’s comfort.
“Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law.” In the midst of God’s comfort, he realized God’s purpose in chastening. He did not blame God for his hardships; rather, he accepted the fact that God was teaching him that he needed obedience. The joy that had been missing because of disobedience was restored. Blessed is the man! Happy is the man that God chastens! He saw that as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that love Him.
Chastening is God’s tool to bring us full circle about God, His comfort, and His loving ways of bringing us close to Him. The God of all comfort touches our life where and when we need it most. “In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.”
Have a comforted God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Chronicles 12-14