“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” Psalm 94:19
This tender verse from the Psalms is one of my very favourites. Who among us doesn’t carry a multitude of cares? Not one of us is immune to feeling the crushing weight of human cares. All the big and small worries that collect in the deepest chambers within, they pulse through our veins with every beat of our heart. They’re threaded into the very fibres of our earthly lives. The cares we may never voice, the cares that glare at us from the sidelines, the cares that keep us awake in the middle of the night.
I don’t know about you but when the cares of my heart are many, it can feel difficult to even put one foot in front of the other. There have been seasons in my life when they have felt so innumerable that it was hard to even tell them apart from each other. They just roll together into one wearisome burden I carry within. I know you’ve had those seasons too. Maybe you’re in one now. In those times, sometimes the consoling words of others can feel trite or sound like platitudes. They do little to ease the ache, or cheer our soul. That is why I find this verse to be so ineffably sweet. His consolations are never pat answers or simple fixes. They’re plenty and true. The same yesterday, today and forever.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8-9
He is before us. He is beside us.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
He is close. He will save us.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73: 26
He’s our strength. He’s our portion.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
He has peace. He has overcome.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3
He is mercy. He is comfort.
Beloved, there is a consolation suited for each care of our heart. None of them are too trivial to go unnoticed. He sees our cares, and He cares.
No condemnation, no criticism, no cajoling.
About The Author
Busy mom of two sweet girls and two rambunctious boys, I reside in southern Ontario with my husband. In between flipping houses, our travels to the east coast where I grew up and raising our small family for God’s glory, we have our hands utterly full and would have it no other way! More of my writing can be found following me on Instagram: @annalynneredbone; Facebook: Anna Lynne Redekop