Divine transcendence from anxiety & false fear

When the cares of my heart are many,

your consolations cheer my soul.

Psalms 94:19

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

Isaiah 57:18
“I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and to his mourners,

Isaiah 66:13
“As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; And you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”

SELECT COMMENTARY

Matthew Henry Commentary
94:12-23 That man is blessed, who, under the chastening of the Lord, is taught his will and his truths, from his holy word, and by the Holy Spirit. He should see mercy through his sufferings. There is a rest remaining for the people of God after the days of their adversity, which shall not last always. He that sends the trouble, will send the rest. The psalmist found succour and relief only in the Lord, when all earthly friends failed. We are beholden, not only to God’s power, but to his pity, for spiritual supports; and if we have been kept from falling into sin, or shrinking from our duty, we should give him the glory, and encourage our brethren. The psalmist had many troubled thoughts concerning the case he was in, concerning the course he should take, and what was likely to be the end of it. The indulgence of such contrivances and fears, adds to care and distrust, and renders our views more gloomy and confused. Good men sometimes have perplexed and distressed thoughts concerning God. But let them look to the great and precious promises of the gospel. The world’s comforts give little delight to the soul, when hurried with melancholy thoughts; but God’s comforts bring that peace and pleasure which the smiles of the world cannot give, and which the frowns of the world cannot take away. God is his people’s Refuge, to whom they may flee, in whom they are safe, and may be secure. And he will reckon with the wicked. A man cannot be more miserable than his own wickedness will make him, if the Lord visit it upon him.

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
In the multitude of my thoughts within me,…. The word for thoughts is used of branches of trees, thick and entwined, and so denotes perplexed and distressing thoughts; such as good men sometimes have concerning God.

KIRK’S COMMENTARY

Jesus never promised our lives would be without trials and heartache but rather He would help us thru storms and hopefully avoid a few. Yet He may very well take us into some for conditioning and testing. I liken the quote: Big boats are safe in the harbour but that is not what they are made for. Jesus Himself was enticed and attacked mentally by Satan. How did He successfully refute him?

Yes, by faith in proclaiming the Word of God boldly and without equivocation.

From John 16:33 let us have courage and draw inspiration from Christ: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

By counting our blessings, focusing on His promises, and with Divine support we can indeed transcend to a higher place.

PRAYER

God, You know the challenges of this fallen world. I have whys and doubts but they need to be set aside and simply proclaim faith and trust in Your triumph and future homecoming. Help me sweet Jesus. Comfort me Holy Spirit. Sustain me Father.

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