Here are some implications I jotted down while meditating on these two cracking verses in Psalm 94:18-19
“When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”
- Being about to slip and being burdened with many cares is to be expected. It is not in itself a sign of failure or a contradiction of the gospel. I can be burdened and loved at the same time.
- There is such a thing as last minute rescue. My proximity to the edge does not mean I am unsaveable. God can rescue when I am about to give up.
- My perception of how close to the edge I am might not be a fair reflection of reality. “I thought I was about to slip” but the reality was that I was always safe because God’s steadfast love was always in operation.
- The steadfast love of God operates on me not to other way round. His love held me I did not hold onto his love.
- The gospel consolations are more cheering when the cares of my heart are many. The word “when” in v19 implies that it’s the presence of cares themselves which make the gospel appear as precious as it is. So in that sense I can be grateful for my cares.
- The gospel operates on my feelings not just on me in the abstract. I come away from considering the Lord’s steadfast love and consolations feeling different. I am cheered and upheld, emotionally I am changed by knowing the love of God for me.