July 05, 2021 – Monday
Psalm 94:19 NIV
19 When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy.
Psalm 94:19 JPS Tanakh 1917
19 When my cares are many within me, Thy comforts delight my soul.
First, the JPS Tanakh 1917 version of the Old Testament also known as the Jewish Bible will not be found at Biblegateway.com. Instead, it may be found at Biblehub.com when doing research there. What is the JPS Tanakh 1917? It is a translation brought about by the Jewish Publication Society because many American Jews could no longer read Hebrew, so an English version was needed. For more information on how it came about go here. There is also a 1985 version available. Both are based upon the Masoretic text which is used for most translations of the Old Testament.
How did I end up finding the JPS Tanakh 1917? I was looking at different versions of the verse for today and the NET translation had notes translated from Hebrew that were different from the NIV and most other versions. So I went searching and recalled the Biblehub.com lists many versions of the Bible and went there and found a version that closely matched the NET notes, the JPS 1917 version. With that being said, let us look at our verse for today.
The modern NIV of anxiety seems to fit as various commentaries speak of the heart or mind being filled with thoughts that constantly distract and divert one’s attention away from whatever tasks are at hand. Some thought of it as being tormented with worries and concerns about the future. This may actually fit those today who suffer anxiety attacks.
The solution for such anxiety or cares was Your consolation or Thy comforts, one brought me joy the other delight [to] my soul. The comfort or consolation that can sooth one’s troubled soul consists of none other than the promises of God contained throughout His Word, the Bible. That combined with one’s memory of what changes came about in his or her life after they turned their life over to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The experience of unmerited forgiveness in God’s love and kindness.
Bottom Line: We have the promise of eternal life in heaven with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Such a promise offers great comfort under the direst of circumstances. Problems or situations to be resolved in this life may abound, but we have the great and incredible promise of life in heaven.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, When I am overwhelmed with circumstances in this life, let me always be comforted by the knowledge of Your promise of heaven for my eternal soul. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.