Reflections from the Psalms

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”

~ Psalm 94:19

This psalm may be declaring what we have ever only dared to ‘speak’ in our hearts.  The psalmist here is calling out to God to act in justice at what appears to be injustice, namely, the wicked evildoers exulting (v.3)/boasting (v.4)/crushing (v.5).  We often see in the world around us the ungodly having success (v.20-21) and we lament or complain that we are not. 

But we should be reminded that God is a God of common grace (Matt. 5:45) as well as saving grace.  Although such common grace given to those who do not believe, at best, is spotty, incomplete and temporary.  Rather than having our hearts and attitudes turn sour, we should pray that such common grace would be preparatory for saving grace.  Oh that we would instead pray that way when we see common grace in the life of unbelievers…

We need to remember that God is mysteriously grand enough (too big for us to wrap our minds around) to both allow evil circumstances to occur and hate what occurred.  He even further has compassion, mourning over the loss and working for healing for those afflicted.  He is sovereign over all.

The writer and the reader alike are quickly reprimanded (v.8-11), reminded (v.12-15), refreshed (v.16-19) and relieved (v.22-23). [forgive the forced alliteration 😊]  

For cross reference reading see Exodus 22:21-24, Psalm 146:9 and Deuteronomy 32:35.