NEWSLETTER

November 2014

GOD'S DELIGHTFUL CONSOLATION


 
“When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, your consolations delight my soul.” Psalm 94:19

MULTIPLIED ANXIETIES: Some personalities struggle with anxiety more than others, and yet worry is human. We all have to fight fear. This is one of the reasons why Scripture refers to us as “sheep”. Sheep are timid and need continual assurance that they are safe in their shepherd’s protection. So do we!

The term translated “when” in the text designates not a single event but repeated episodes of anxiety. The psalmist is referring specifically to those dreadful times in his life when his anxious thoughts were “multiplied”. He is describing many and perhaps a great variety of anxious thoughts striking against the fiber of his soul at the same time. Let us recall the Lord’s “spot on” correction in Lk 10:38-42 – “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things.” Like she, many of us too often feel distracted if not overwhelmed by multiplied anxious thoughts while we are in the Lord’s loving presence.

FROM MULTIPLIED ANXIETIES TO DELIGHTFUL CONSOLATIONS: The Psalmist declares that whenever his soul is troubled with
multiplied anxieties, “Your consolations delight my soul”. What a contrast is found in this one short verse! God’s personal intervention within the heart of the Psalmist dramatically and unfailingly reverses his state of mind from dread to delight.

APPLICATION:

1. 1. CONFESS THE SIN OF WORRY: We are commanded to be anxious for nothing. Thus we need to remember that all worry is sin. Anxiety stains the soul when it is not confessed. But when we acknowledge our fears, God forgives us and thoroughly cleanses, 1 Jn 1:9.

2. 2. ASK GOD TO SHOW YOU WHY YOU ARE ANXIOUS AND THUS LACKING IN FAITH: Another way to describe the sin of worry is a lack of faith or “little faith”, a term Jesus often used to admonish his fear-ful disciples, ie. Matt 6:30. Jesus identifies faith as the cure for anxiety in Jn 14:1 - “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.”

At its core, worry is a diversion/distraction of the thought life. We have taken our eyes off of God’s omnipotent and loving commitment to protect and provide. Worry then is like a warning light on the dashboards of our cars.

It tells us that something is not right within us. Let us pray then, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” Ps 139:23-24.

There are many reasons why we may experience perplexing fears. It may be because we have allowed sin to grieve the Spirit, and consequently we are without His power. Anxiety may be both sinful and/or demonic in origin, Lk 22:24-34. Perhaps it is
because we are walking in the fear of man or trusting in ourselves rather than in God, Prov 29:25; Num 13:33, 1 Chron 21:1; Psalm 20:7; 25:2; 44:6-7. Fear may be
because we have shifted our focus off of God onto our present trials, Matt 14:30-31. Regardless of the cause of worry, it is most often attached to events which will take place at some point in the future, Matt 25:25-34.

We must let the Lord show us why we are anxious. He alone has a perfect knowledge of our concerns. Ps 139:1-2 “O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thoughts from afar.” He can sort everything out for us. He can show us why we are overwhelmed, and He can lead us into the pathway of His peace.

3. CAST YOUR WORRIES “OVER THE BOAT”: In 1 Peter 1:7, we are commanded to cast our worries onto the Lord because He cares for us. The word “cast” is a fishing term. As a fisherman, Peter used to cast his large net into the sea to gather fish. Likewise, we are to throw all of our worries upon the Lord specifically because He has tender concern for us. As we cast our concerns “overboard” onto Him, He will
2. remove them from our hearts replacing them with His own delightful consolations.

Be specific when you cast. If your anxious thoughts have “multiplied” within you, then throw each and every one of them overboard. Ps 142:2–3 – “I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare my trouble before Him. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, You knew my path.” Thoroughly and intently throw each and every one of your worries into His compassionate and almighty hands.”

4. ALLOW GOD TO GARRISON YOUR HEART WITH HIS INCOMPREHENSIBLE PEACE: Phil. 4:6–7 – “Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Ps 94:19 is similar to Phil 4:6-7. Both texts express dramatic reversals in the believer’s state of mind. In Psalm 94:19, the change is from dread to the delightful consolations of His love. In Phil 4:6-7, the transformation is from anxiety to God’s peace which garrisons the soul like an army surrounding a city to protect it from intruders. The moment we sense a temptation to fear, we are to take it to the Lord and trust Him to guard our hearts and minds with His own supernatural peace. As our Lord promises in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.


Pastor Blain


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