8/2 Psalm 94:19

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

Life is filled with many cares. The man or woman with few cares is likely someone that is not engaged in his or her home, church, or community. The more engaged you are, the more you must deal with people. The more you deal with people, the more conflict and cares fall on your shoulders. Of course we are to cast them on the Lord (1 Peter 5:7). We are told not to be anxious (Philippians 4:6), nevertheless, we must face the situations and see that our duties are fulfilled.

The psalmist wrote that in those times when the cares of his heart are many, he had found an avenue to cheer his soul. It was the consolations that come from the LORD. One of those consolations is to put our cares into His hands and trust Him to see us through. Another is to know His love for us and His power to affect our situations. Another is the promises found in His Word and the record of His help to His people.

When our mind is fixed on the cares, going over and over them rarely helps us. It is when we turn our minds to the Lord and the consolation He offers that our hearts are cheered. To focus on Him and His greatness, His wonders, and His goodness is what will carry us through the trials with confidence and trust. The cares are so much lighter when we know He is carrying us.

Consider: If the Lord is carrying you, aren't your cares really carried by Him? Allow that truth to cheer your heart right now.