Think About This
In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. ~Psalm 94:19
Our devotion this morning takes us into the study of a believer going through a very difficult time in his life. How we perceive our problems is a reflection of how we perceive God. How we face our problems is a reflection of how we come to God. If we are not careful, how we think about our tough situations can wind up becoming oppressive and defeating. This morning we want to see how the psalmist teaches us the right perspective about our thought life and our difficult moments.
We see the cruel menace.
The enemies of Israel were causing havoc among the Jews. The Jews were being conquered in battles and oppressed by the enemy. He describes the situation as being broken in pieces. No mercy was applied to any class of people, so that even widows, the fatherless and foreigners were being slain. The words of the enemy were boastful, abusive, and intimidating. The enemy had the upper hand. The cry of the psalmist was “how long, Lord?” How long before you rise up and help us? The enemy was cruel, mean and bloodthirsty. We see a cruel menace.
We see the complicated meditations.
The psalmist was at a place that we also come to when the problems are oppressive and overbearing. We are so overwhelmed we feel like we are in a fog. On one hand, he saw the cruel tactics of the enemy and how they were getting the upper hand. On the other hand, he remembered that the Lord was still in control. He knew that the Lord heard the boastings of the heathen and took account of their pride. He knew that God was his refuge and that he could trust in Him. However, deep within him there were moments when he felt confident in the Lord, and other moments when he felt such despair, he gave up hope. He was going through spiritual upheaval. This happens to us as well. Every time we go through a trial, each new trial brings its own set of challenges. We are anxious about the situation and if we will make it through the storm.
We see the curative medicine.
This is where our Scripture this morning comes in. The psalmist made this great statement, “in the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.” He did have complicated thoughts about his situation, but he prevailed when he remembered that God is faithful! He remembered God does not cast off His people. He remembered that God was his help. He remembered as he was slipping, God was the one holding him up. He remembered the Lord was his defense and rock of refuge. Yes, when he thought about the Lord in this context, he was comforted. In fact, he said, “thy comforts delight my soul.”
What gets us through the storm? His comforts delight my soul. What helps us see the light at the end of the tunnel? His comforts delight my soul. How do we know God will get us through our trial? His comforts delight my soul.
When we look at our problems compared to the greatness of God, great comfort should fill our soul. Make sure God’s greatness overshadows your trial, and that your trial does not overshadow God’s greatness. Be comforted in your thoughts, God is always faithful.
Have a comforted God morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ezekiel 46-48