When The Cares of Your Heart Are Many
Life constantly throws curveballs. The cares of your heart can threaten to overwhelm your soul. You think the path ahead is clear, when a detour emerges ahead. The puzzle pieces become rearranged and it is up to you to figure out how to piece everything back together again.
It has been that kind of week here.
But this is why I love the Word of God: it is living and active, communicating exactly what we need to hear for the moment. With the cares of my heart, I came before the Lord one morning asking for guidance. My current Bible reading was Psalm 94. This is what I read in verse nine:
“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”
My musings can rock me back and forth like a boat lost at sea. I go over and over something again and again, rehashing. I can think a thought to death. But with all my questions and reasonings, there is an anchor for this heart.
It is only the consolations of the Lord that will bring cheer. These consolations are divine. I sat down and decided to write out just a few of his divine consolations:
1. The Assurance of His presence
“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)
I learned this firsthand when we moved to England. I had so many fears traveling to an unknown country with three littles. But His presence was there every step of the way. He went ahead of us preparing every path we took. He never left our side. When we stood inside of Heathrow with only our bags, a guitar and mountain bike, I felt like I possessed more in that moment than I had in my whole life. His presence was so near.
2) We Have Nothing to Fear
"The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?" (Ps. 27:1)
Fear is a tricky thing. It can be subtle or it can be all out there right in your face. I sometimes think it's less dangerous when it is all up front, staring you in the mirror. There are some fears that we don't even realize we have succumbed to. But the grasp is firm on our spirits.
We miss out on so much when we allow these fears to control our behavior. When I think of the hours I have wasted, worrying about things that never transpired, it is convicting. David described the Lord as his stronghold--he was not afraid of the lion, the bear, or even the king...He knew Who was on his team, fighting for Him.
3) Surrounded by His Unfailing Love
"Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone." (Psalm 33:22)
Tasting of His sweet love for us never gets old. There are moments in my life when I have felt His love for me so tangibly it reduced me to tears. We are hemmed in, behind and before, with love that does not give like the world gives. His love is pure, steadfast, unconditional. It keeps no record of wrongs and always believes.
His love fuels my hope. I have confidence that circumstances that seem out of control are being filtered through His splintered hands of love. His love will not fail me. His love will not fail you. Regardless of how many cares we have, His love covers all.
4) His Faithfulness is New Every Morning
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness." (Lam. 3:22-23)
A result of His love is that His mercies are new every single morning. When we wake, we can be confident that there is a new mercy waiting for us in the day. No matter how our night went there will be hope for the morning. What kind of love is this, oh my soul? Let all within praise His holy name.
5) He does not give as the world gives
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)
Have you ever anticipated something only to be let down by the end result? The world promises so much yet delivers so little. Not our God...He gives in a way that no one else can. His blessings do not disappoint. He is the Giver of every good and perfect gift. The peace He leaves cannot be stolen by this world.
So, when the cares of your heart are many, rest on these divine consolations. Fly to the safety of His loving arms. Only He can truly delight. As Thomas Horton said, “See here now the notable efficacy of these Divine comforts; they do not only pacify the mind, but they joy it; they do not only satisfy it, but ravish it; they not only quiet, but delight it.”
Our cares can actually become our delight. Revel in His divine consolation.