Psalm 94:19 – “When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”
The dictionary defines ‘consolation’ as the comfort received by a person after a loss or disappointment. Other versions of the Bible substitute the word ‘consolation’ with ‘comfort’. Regardless of the exact word used in this verse, the meaning remains the same – when we have a lot of cares on our heart, God cheers us up.
We like to wallow in self pity when things don’t go our way. It’s even said that self pity brings tears to the eyes faster than anything else. When faced with hurt or disappointment, we can be so engrossed in our own worries and cares that we’re unable to even function effectively in our daily lives. Yet, the Psalmist knew whom He should approach in troubled times.
God longs to comfort our weary souls. He wants to console our hurting hearts. He’d love to infuse a little joy into minds that are burdened with anxiety. But He will act only if we allow Him to. We need to open our mouths and call unto Him. We ought to open our Bibles and devour His life-giving words. We can sit at His feet and weep our hearts out if we must. And then, we will experience the immense joy and perfect peace that can come only from the Holy Spirit.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for being there for me. Even in my darkest hours, help me turn to You and allow Your sweet presence to comfort me. I cast all my cares upon You, and accept Your grace and strength to lead me through.