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It happens regularly.

God speaks through the daily reading of Scripture to the situation I face, and about which I cry out to him.

It happened this morning.

I couldn’t sleep last night. Worries, anxieties, cares.

This morning, my Bible reading plan included Psalm 94. I was simply reading along half asleep until I came to verse 19

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

Sitting up straight, I realized I was being addressed by the Spirit.

“You have cares, and I know that. Many cares – some of which have no apparent answer. Read on in the psalm. See things from a different perspective. Let the promises bring ballast to your soul. You have cares – I bring consolation.”

The NIV reads, When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”

The New Living reads, When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.”

The Message says…

If God hadn’t been there for me,
I never would have made it.
The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,”
your love, God, took hold and held me fast.
When I was upset and beside myself,
you calmed me down and cheered me up.

I’m cheered among cares.


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