Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the LORD has comforted His people and will have compassion on His afflicted.
But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49:13–16)
We are told that depression peaks during the holiday season, for a variety of reasons. For some, the constant chatter about Christmas presents is a reminder of being in financial trouble. Others find themselves faced with the family they avoid the rest of the year. There are newly widowed and single wives and husbands facing Christmas alone. Some have loved ones in prison, or are themselves in prison. Parents grieve for children who walked away from the faith. Children grieve over estrangement from parents.
The heavens and the earth are commanded to rejoice because God has comforted His people, and is compassionate toward His afflicted. But those afflicted often think that the Lord has abandoned them, or forgotten their existence. It's so easy for us to fixate on the troubles at our feet, and lose sight of the salvation that we have received.
So the Lord gently reminds His people of His love. It's unthinkable that a nursing mother could forget her child, and yet it happens. But the Savior will never, ever forget His people. He has engraved us on the palms of His hands. If you have been born again in Jesus Christ, then YOUR name is written there on His hands, carved by the nails that held Him to the cross.
He will never forget that you exist. He will never forget your troubles. He never needs to be reminded of your suffering and struggles.
To the contrary, you and I must be reminded of HIS faithfulness, of HIS love, of HIS care. And, we must be reminded that salvation in Christ doesn't mean a happy solution for every earthly circumstance. Our inheritance is a heavenly inheritance (First Peter 1:3-5), to be fully received only when the Lord returns. In the meantime, the Holy Spirit's presence guarantees us that blessing is coming (Ephesians 1:13-14).
The Lord Jesus urges us to store up treasures in heaven, where those treasures are safe from theft and decay (Matthew 6:19-21). Remember, the treasures we send to heaven are mere trinkets compared to the treasure the Lord has stored up for us.