What are God’s ‘comforts’ as mentioned in Psalm 94:19? From my study of this passage, the word refers to the promises of God, and the ability to remember and to mentally reenact our prior experiences of God’s care and kindnesses to us. Such thoughts give us consolation, and they revitalize our minds and our thoughts.
In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. (Ps 94:19 NKJV, emphasis added)
As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. (Isa 66:13 NRSV) The Lord promises to comfort us when we are distressed.
From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (Ps 61:2 NASB) During tribulations, we must allow our hearts to turn to the Rock of our salvation, Jesus Christ.
Just as I am satisfied with the choicest of foods, so my lips will praise you joyfully. 6 When I think of you in bed, I will meditate on you in the night watches. (Ps 63:5-6 ISB)
A good life habit to cultivate is to praise the Lord joyfully AT ALL TIMES, under all circumstances. It will bring us joy and it will strengthen our faith. When we can’t sleep in the night, we should meditate upon the Lord and upon His Word. God promises in many places in the Bible that He will comfort us and that the Holy Spirit is our comforter.
Turn to the Lord and trust Him to soothe and to encourage you when painful life experiences threaten to sink you. He will not fail you.
Do you realize that Jesus is the Light for all Nations, and as His disciples and followers, WE are called to shine His light into all of the earth?
For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Act 13:47 NIV)
I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles . . . (Isa 42:6 NIV)
For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 a light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Your people Israel.” (Lk 2:30-32)
How can you shine the light of God’s love and salvation into the world?
- By serving the Lord obediently and joyfully;
- By sharing your testimonies of how you came to accept Christ as your Savior and about your answered prayers;
- By praying for other people’s needs and asking God to bless them and to provide for them;
- By testifying to the miracles, signs and wonders that God has performed for you; and
- By living a holy lifestyle in obedience to the Scriptures.
Here is a passage from the Bible that gives us some answers:
Do all things without complaining and disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. (Phil 2:14-16, emphasis added)
God bless you!
As disciples of Christ we’re called to promote peace in the world. Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace. (Isa 9:6)
What does it mean to “promote” peace? As servants of the Living God, we are directed to:
- Encourage and support,
- Sponsor and further,
- Elevate and advance peace in every circumstance and situation.
Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy. (Pro 12:20 NIV)
If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. (Lk 10:6 NIV)
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. (Ps 34:14)
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Mt 5:9)
Just from this small selection of Bible passages we learn that:
- Promoting peace brings joy—not only to us but to everyone involved;
- People who sponsor peace will have peace rest upon them;
- We should do good by seeking and pursuing peace; and
- All peacemakers are blessed children of God. Hallelujah!
An invitation to promote peace is given to every believer in God’s Kingdom. Let us joyfully respond to this appeal from the heart of God.