Monday, December 5, 2016
I have read Psalm 94 before, but as I was reading it again this morning I saw some great truths in it we can all take comfort in and I would like to share three of them with you today. This was one psalm David did not write and although it’s author is unknown, it is believed it was written by one of Moses’ descendants at the time when God’s people were living in exile in Babylon.
Verse 9 says: “He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall He not see?” If for some reason you are thinking today that God can’t see what you’re going through or that He is not listening to your prayers, reject that thought. We are talking here about the One who formed the eyes and ears. To add even more strength to this truth, verse 14 reads: “For the Lord will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake his inheritance.” Child of God, the Lord will never forsake you.
The one truth in this psalm, however, that spoke the most to my heart and one which I quickly identified with, was verse 19 which reads: “In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my soul.” To coin a well worn phrase, many of us have “too many pans in the fire.” In other words, we often seem to have more obligations and responsibilities than we can handle. Because of it, our minds dwell on these thoughts more than they should. If it were not for the comfort in God’s truths, these thoughts could overwhelm us, making it difficult for us to adequately perform our duties. For whatever reason, this verse reminded me of the day, many years ago, when my dad died. I remember how troubling it was for me to preach that Sunday morning knowing that my dad was, at the same time, in a coffin at a local mortuary. I remember how hard it was on the following day to perform my duties at work. I was given permission to take the time off that I needed but I chose to go to work instead, thinking it would keep my thoughts from overwhelming me. I was wrong. I had an extremely difficult time at work with it. Yet, the one thing that helped me eventually do the job that was expected of me, was the tremendous comfort I got as I thought of the promises of God. Child of God, because you are human, you too may be going through a stretch where the different thoughts that are racing through your heart and mind, are making it very hard for you to accomplish your daily tasks. To you I say: interrupt those troubling thoughts. Replace them with your heart and mind resting on God’s promises. For starters, dwell on today’s eternal truths and then on the rest of His promises. You’ll be glad you did.
God’s promise for today: (John 16:33) “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”