When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
Psalm 94:19 NIV
In these days of rising inflation and other global economic challenges, Canadians can take some consolation in a recent report from the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual ranking of the world’s most liveable cities. The EIU, which is a sister organization to The Economist, ranked 173 cities around the world on a variety of factors, including health care, crime rates, political stability, infrastructure and access to green space. Three in the top 10 cities are in Canada: Toronto at #8, Vancouver at #5 and Calgary at #4.
There are times when we all need to be consoled. Since we were children and needed mom or dad to love on us when we hurt ourselves, or were afraid, or didn’t do well at something, we have sought consolation. Having someone who will stand with us during difficult times is more valuable than any material possession. King David was one of the most powerful men in his day, but even he needed consoling. He discovered that the God who had called him and placed him in his position of authority as king, was also the God who drew close and offered him consolation when he needed it. In Psalm 94:19 David writes: “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” David had always faced opposition – first from King Saul, and later from his own son Absalom. In spite of his position in life, his life was not easy. He discovered early on that he could turn to the Lord God for consolation. So can you. No matter what you are facing today, the Lord Jesus offers you His consolation. Turn your heart and mind to Him right now, and you will find Him right there with you.
These have been words from the heart.