Using the Psalms as an encouragement during these difficult times

I love the Psalms so much. One of the Pastors of our church he reads the Psalms every week with us. Whenever things are tough or I’m having a difficult time I read the Psalms and I pull out of each chapter things that I can relate to. Recently I was given a journal with a tree on it. These verses in Psalms remind me of this tree.

” He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaves so not wither, And in whatever he does he prospers.” Psalms 1:3

I love Psalm 6:2,3 ” Be gracious to me O Lord for I am pining away, heal me O Lord for my bones are dismayed. And my soul is greatly dismayed, But you oh Lord how long?

4 Oh Lord rescue my soul, save me because of your loving kindness. 6 I am weary with my sighing. Every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears, 7 my eyes has wasted away with grief. It has become old because of my adversaries.

8 For the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my supplication, the Lord Recieves my prayer.

This psalms to me like a prayer for those who are sick and distressed and anxious. It seems like 2020 has been a year of uncertainty, we still don’t know if we will go back in a lock down as cases of covid arise. For many it’s been a time of isolation, depression, worry and just tough not being able to go the places we are used to going. This psalm gives me peace because I know no matter what happens God is with us. I’ve been feeling weary in my time of grief and have shed many tears. Tears are a good healthy way to release those emotions.

No matter what stage your at in your life. God hears our voices, He knows our hearts. I often tell people that when we feel that we can go on no more that He picks us up and carries us. Many, many times He’s done that for me. For the times I was not sure God was there or heard my cries. I’m reminded in the Psalms that indeed He was there and He hears us.

I love that I can pick up my bible and read God’s promises He has for me during difficult times. I’ve had more than enough of them in my life. Even though we hate trials, trials are what make us stronger in our faith. God uses people in our lives and He uses us to help encourage others. Don’t do this tough journey on your own. Reach out to someone you trust. I will pray for you if you reach out to me. 🙏

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