• Nov. 3, 2006
  • #6395

Joni shares that since emotions are unreliable, we should look to the Psalms for guidance and still beleive what we know to be true in good times.

Ask my husband. I can be a very emotional person. But I have learned – well, knowing me, I'm still learning – that emotions aren't your best guide, not your best tool for discerning things; but I tell you, emotions sure are powerful! One day, I'm hopeful, the next, we hate; despair one minute, delight the next. Emotions are the surging, restless tides that keep ebbing and flowing, one day pushing us up, the next day, dragging us down. 

And this is why the Psalms, in God's word, are like a gyroscope, keeping moving things – and if it's one thing emotions do constantly, is move, right? A gyroscope keeps things that move, level; like a ship held steady in stormy seas. And this is why the Psalms often repeat the admonition to "Remember the wonders God has done, his miracles and the judgments he pronounced." That's what it says in Psalm 105. 

I have a friend who always says, "Never doubt in the darkness what you once believed in the light."  Isn't that the truth? We have to remember what we once believed when things were brighter, more hopeful. Because when hardship settles in, dark emotions surge over us in a tide of fear. The only sure dike against a flood of gloomy feelings is to remember. We must recall sunnier times when we drove the pilings of God's goodness deep in our hearts. Happier times when we felt our moorings of trust hold ground. When we lived on his blessings, knew his favor, were grateful for his gifts, and felt the flesh and blood of his everlasting arms underneath us. This is what all 45 verses of Psalm 105 call us to do.

Let me read more of Psalm 105. It says, "He allowed no one to oppress [his anointed]... The Lord made his people very fruitful... He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold. He spread out a cloud as a covering, and a fire to give light at night. He satisfied them with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock and water gushed out. He remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham... Praise the Lord."

That Psalm should be a guide to you and me today. While it is light, while you are experiencing sunny days, take a moment and write down things you know to be true. Write down how God showed Himself to you in the past... the small and big miracles you thanked Him for back when... the evidences of His goodness and forgiveness. Then when darkness comes, pull out your list and remember what your feelings have forgotten, bring to mind what your emotions can't recall. 

Thanksgiving Day will soon be here – and it might be a good idea to ask your family even now to start writing down that list. Because if we'd only remember, there is much – oh, so much – to be thankful for. 


© Joni and Friends

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