Scripture: Psalm 116: 1 I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. 2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!” 5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 6 The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
Observation: We don’t know for sure what problem or struggle the psalmist is referring to here. Could have been a severe illness or injury. Could have been a conflict of some sort. Whatever it was, God clearly came to his aid resulting in great thanksgiving, “Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.”
Application: I’m not one who tends to worry a lot, but I have my moments – especially during really busy times. Right now is a busy time. It starts with an inability to sleep well because I’m worried I’m forgetting something important. I keep running through my “to do” list over and over. Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night with a general sense of anxiety – and I’m not sure why. It’s like I worry in my sleep or something. My brain won’t shut down. That ever happen to you?
Today our passage reminds me who holds me in the palm of his hand – as he has my entire life. It is extremely rare that something I worry about comes to pass. Almost never happens. The things that send me for a loop tend to be things I never saw coming, hence they’re things over which I never bothered to worry. If you are burdened in this way like I am, let the words of the psalmist wash over you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father we worry about things needlessly. In fact, even in the midst of worry we know we probably shouldn’t, but it’s hard not to. Give us grace to let go of the burdens we carry around like boat anchors – as we share in the psalmist prayer “Return, o my soul, to your rest…”. Amen.