The Love of God for the Troubled Soul
These are overwhelming times! Death in Afghanistan. Suffering in Haiti. COVID on the rise. Vaccine mandates. Kids and teachers returning to school with uncertainty. There is more than enough to be anxious about. David said it best: "My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD—how long?” (Psalm 6:3). Where does one go with an anxious, troubled soul? To the steadfast love of the Lord.
God’s steadfast love is a great source of strength and peace for his children when life is going well AND when life is hard. It’s not like God turns off the spigot pouring out his mercy when trouble arrives; God is still showering you with his mercy and causing your cup to “runneth over” even in "the valley of the shadow of death" (Psalm 23:4-5). Take comfort in His steadfast love to you.
David goes on to pray, “…save me because of your faithful love” (Ps. 6:4 CSB).When David was troubled while being hunted by his enemies and running for his life, God’s covenant love was his anchor. It gave him hope and boldness in his prayers. God’s steadfast love to you should give you the same boldness to pray when you feel troubled and anxious. So when your heart starts racing, when you can’t sleep at night, when your fever is running high from COVID, let your mind land on God’s steadfast love to you in Christ (Eph. 2:4-7). And keep it there until it lulls your soul to rest; Jesus promised it would: "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).