In an anxious world, what can we do to overcome feelings of anxiety?
[Steve Myers] We live in an anxious world. There's a Psalm that I ran across just the other day that certainly reminded me of the worrisome, in a way the fearful kind of world that can penetrate our thinking at times. It's over in the Psalms. You'll find it in Psalms 94:19 Psalms 94:19In the multitude of my thoughts within me your comforts delight my soul.
American King James Version×, it says, "In a multitude of anxieties within me." It's the way that verse starts, and sometimes that's the way life feels. There's so many fears and so many worries that we face that we could easily identify with this particular passage. Well what about it? When I'm faced with those challenges and those difficulties, what do I do? Psalm 94 finishes in a remarkable way. It says, "Your comforts delight my soul."
Even though we are anxious and fearful, we have anxiety. God can comfort us when we turn to Him, when we look to Him. And that was the New King James translation. Now when we read that in other versions, common English Version says this, "When I was burdened with worries, you comforted me, and I felt secure." I love the way that's worded. In fact, in the Message it says this, "The minute I said, 'I'm slipping, I'm falling,' your love, God, took hold of me and held me fast. When I was upset and beside myself, you calm me down and cheered me up."
You see, the power of God can do just that. When we just get buried in our thoughts, in our worries, and our fears, it can almost be overwhelming. But this particular passage reminds us what we need to do, we need to turn to God, we need to look to Him and ask Him to lift those fears and those worries from our mind. In fact, we also find in the TTP version or TPT version (The Passion Translation) saying this, " Whenever my busy thoughts were out of control, the soothing comfort of Your presence calmed me down and overwhelmed me with delight."
I like the way that's worded because not only does it relieve us of our anxieties and fears, not only calming us down, but ultimately we can have the perspective of confidence and joy, because of God's presence when we remember He's always with us and will never leave us or forsake us.
So the next time you feel anxious, you feel overburdened, you feel challenged by the difficulties in life, think of Psalms 94:16 Psalms 94:16Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
American King James Version×and recognize the fact when we turned to Him, He can lift those anxieties and ultimately, give us joy.
That's BT Daily. We'll see you next time.