“I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.” – Psalm 16:7
Life is not always easy and it is not always fair. We go through times that taste like honey and also times that taste like rubble. We can, however, lean on the comfort of the Lord Jesus no matter what contrasting situation we might face. He is able to counsel us, because He is aware of what we need.
God is also always eager to speak to us, to comfort and to love us in all circumstances. He is not indifferent to our needs and He fully understands what it means to be human. Sometimes we may think God isn’t speaking to us, but as Matt Brown reminds us on the Desiring God blog, ‘we shouldn’t say God is silent when our bibles are closed.’ The Lord has given us His Word to instruct us and tell us about Himself and His nature. This is one of the main ways He is able to counsel us.
An attitude of praise is one I would love to have towards God at all times. To always be ready to listen to His voice and be thankful because I trust that His promises are true. I would also love to trust God so much in all situations as Psalm 130:5-6 also talks about. Growing in patience and waiting on the words He wants to speak into my life “more than the watchmen wait for the morning.” We know that God never sleeps and is in constant communication with us as mentioned in Psalm 121:4. Even at night or during the times we would normally rest, the Lord can be our confidence.
Our Lord is named ‘Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father’ and ‘Prince of Peace.’ (Isaiah 6:9). When we remember and trust that this is who He is, we should overflow with an expression of our dependence similar to David’s as he writes, “I bless the Lord who gives me counsel.”
When we stand on the truth given to us by God’s word, we should be always ready and always thankful.