“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.
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
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
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
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.