Sweet Comforts Devotional

Sweet Comforts

Julia Bettencourt

Posted August 02, 2006


In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.  Psalm 94:19


Recently I was reading in Psalm 94 after a very tiring day and I came upon verse 19.  "In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul."  I can't tell you how much that verse encouraged me.  I began thinking about those comforts that the Lord gives us and it just blessed my soul.

Comforts are such wonderful things.  The dictionary meaning in Webster defines comfort as "to give strength and hope to" or "to ease the grief or trouble of".  When I think about comforts, I think about the comforts of home, like my children being around me, the smell of dinner in the oven, or even just sitting down with my family and enjoying time together.  Those are some of the things that comfort me.

The comforts the Lord gives me are wonderful things.  Here are some that I know He gives me.  You may have some other ones that give you comfort.


The Comfort of God's Love.

Resting in the love of God is something that gives me such a relaxed feeling.  I know it's real and won't change.  It's kind of like cookies baking.  The aroma of God's love just soothes the soul.

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.  Jeremiah 31:3


The Comfort of God's Protection.

What a sweet comfort to know that the Lord is looking out for me.  It's like a strong house.  God's protection will shelter us no matter what kind of weather we face.  Of course that doesn't mean we won't have trials, but He will bring us through them.

He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.  
Psalm 121:3-8


The Comfort of God's Wisdom.

To know that God's thoughts are much better than mine is such a comforting thing. His planning and working for my life is perfect.  Like the fixtures in our homes that comfort us just to know they are always there, so God's wisdom will always be there for us.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  Jeremiah 29:11

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  Isaiah 55:8,9


The Comfort of God's Strength.

Oh what a comfort and joy to know that I can rest in God's strength and not my own.  I always enjoy coming home after a long trip and seeing our house still standing strong.  It's like it reaches out to me and gives me comfort.  God's strength is like that.

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
 Psalm 91:1-4



The Comfort of God's Righteousness.

It's a real comfort to me to have a God who is good and upright.  It makes everything in my life just fall into place.  Others around me may fail but to know that God can do no wrong is so assuring.

Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.  Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.  Palm 119:137, 138


Conclusion:

I know need to focus on God's comforts more.  Sometimes life gets so hectic and we forget that we have such wonderful resources at our fingertips as Christians.  We all have those "multitude of thoughts" that come rushing at us like the psalmist talks about in our opening verse (Psalm 94:19).

Isn't it great that we don't have to get flustered and all stressed out by the world and what lies before us?  We can take life one day at a time with a calm spirit because we have so many sweet comforts from the Lord that soothe us and give us strength and encouragement every day.

So, are you resting in God's comforts?


Copyright ©2006 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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