A Cheerful Soul

I love the verse in Psalm 94 and the promise that it gives:

“When I thought, my foot is slipping,
Your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
When the cares of my heart are many,
Your consolations cheer my soul.” Psalm 94, 18-19

Webster defines cheer as: full of good spirits, merry, ungrudging, and likely to dispel gloom or worry. Is that how you’d describe yourself right now – cheerful?

Or are you in the middle of that place of gloom and worry?

If you are, take a minute to remember that God can cheer your soul.

That doesn’t mean He instantly makes you all smiles and happiness if you turn to Him. Rather, it means that if you draw close to God and seek Him, he can fill you with a cheer–a deep joy–that dispels gloom and worry, regardless of what life brings.

Take the story of the man who wrote the well-known hymn, It is Well With My Soul. Horatio G. Spafford wrote that song just after he’d lost his four daughters in a shipwreck. And prior to that terrible tragedy, he had lost his only son to scarlet fever as well as all his real estate holdings in the great Chicago Fire of 1871. This was a man who intimately knew pain and suffering, who intimately knew loss.

Yet, despite that, his faith stood strong.

“Whatever my lot,” Horatio said, “Though has taught me to say, it is well with my soul. As one of the verses in the hymn says,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate
And has shed His own blood for my soul.

Horatio understood the sacrifice Jesus made for him ,for everyone, on the cross, and, because of that, his soul was well. He turned to God, and God held him up. God kept his foot from slipping and cheered and comforted his soul like nothing else could.

And that’s a comfort God offers each one of us.

So if you’re going through hard times right now, let God’s love give you peace.

Let Him cheer your soul.

2 Responses to A Cheerful Soul
  1. Ruthie
    January 30, 2009 | 7:25 am

    I agree. The older I get I find that we all have our major set backs but like hebrews 11 says you can’t keep a good man down and we press forward and find God is waiting for us with open arms always ready to comfort and help us. Hard times are like the deep cuts of a potter it is what really shapes our form and who we are.

  2. Jessica
    January 30, 2009 | 3:37 pm

    Thank you for that much needed reminder.