The Psalms are such a comfort to read. They show us what an amazing, powerful, loving, awesome God we have, and they provide encouragement and strength for our weary souls.
When the road in my life took a sharp unexpected turn years back I found such comfort in reading the Psalms. The words were like a soothing balm applied to my long-festering wounds relieving the sting and hurt as healing slowly happened.
The night my world suddenly swerved off kilter I opened my bible right to these words in Psalm 117:
“In my anguish, I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.” ~Psalm 117:5-9
The Lord spoke directly to me that night — I had cried out to Him in my distress and He did answer me.
“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” ~Psalm 18:19
From that night on, for many more nights to come, I read the Psalms before laying my head on my pillow and closing my eyes in hopes of sleep finding me. And every night — every.single.night — after reading the encouraging, healing, soothing words from the Psalms and praying — God gave me rest.
“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” ~Psalm 4:8
The dog-eared pages, underlined passages, and note-filled margins remind me how my life was redeemed and my heart made new in the Lord. He rescued His daughter and gave her new life.
“You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” ~Psalm 18:28
Psalm 25 is circled in my bible. It speaks of my own cry to the Lord for the wisdom to do the right thing and His guidance as I walked a very uncertain road at that time.
“My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.” ~Psalm 25:15
How often I cried to the Lord because I felt so broken, so alone, and terrified.
“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” ~Psalm 31:24
And as I continued to read through the Psalms I felt the Lord near to me. I felt Him speaking to me.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” ~Psalm 34:18
I would insert my name into various scriptures from the Psalms to feel His presence more fully:
“Because [Amy] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue [her]; I will protect [her], for [she] acknowledges my name. [Amy] will call upon me, and I will answer [her]; I will be with [her] in trouble, I will deliver [her] and honor [her]. With long life will I satisfy [Amy] and show [her] my salvation.” ~Psalm 91:14-16
I take heart that the Lord is with me always —
“The Lord watches over you — the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” ~Psalm 121:5-8
— and I have hope that He will keep me from harm all the days of my life:
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. The Lord willl fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever — do not abandon the works of your hands.” ~Psalm 138:7-8
The Psalms saved me when I felt the darkness closing in. The words within that book brought light to my life, hope to a hurting soul, and life again to a broken heart.
May you take heart, dear reader, in God’s promises and find hope through His Word. He is bigger than any problem you may face and stronger than any doubts which plague your mind. He will encourage you and give you rest; He will give you courage and strength. Have you read through the Psalms? Why not start today — you will most likely find what you are looking for in your life.