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“When the cares of my heart are many …”

(February 23)

Our readings today provoke a multitude of thoughts, but it is the Psalms that provoke our personal meditations – that are so needful in the godless world of 2018, Psalm 94 contains many consoling and stimulating thoughts, especially for those who are exposed, every day, to the world and its unspiritual values most days of the week. This Psalm shows that our only sure strength of mind when life is difficult – is to have a real ‘living’ relationship with our God.

We read the Psalmists’ prayer, “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul” (verse 19) and “When I thought, ‘My foot slips’, your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up” (verse 18).

What are God’s consolations? It has the sense of compassion and comfort. It reminds us of Paul’s words, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6,7).

When God answers the petition with which this Psalm begins we will need that attitude of mind in all its fullness. We read, “O LORD, God of vengeance, O God of vengeance shine forth! Rise up, O judge of the earth … O LORD … how long shall the wicked exult? They pour out their arrogant words …” (verses 1-4). Arrogant words!

The Psalm concludes, “But the LORD has become my stronghold, and my God the rock of my refuge. He will bring back on them their iniquity and will wipe them out for their wickedness …” (verses 22,23). Psalm 95 is also our reading today. Let us meditate on verse 6-8, “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts …”

We hear his voice by reading his word, let us make sure we “hear” what we are reading. Oh the wonder that we “are the people of his pasture” and he knows “the cares of [our] heart”.

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