The Magic of Psalms: Healing in Times of Trial
We are living in one of the most turbulent times in our nation’s history. The question now becomes: What can we do in times like these?
When tragedy and uncertainty is all around us, we must turn to our greatest source of hope: the unchanging Word of God. The Book of Psalms is a perfect place to visit in times of great testing, hardship and uncertainty. Like us, King David and the other psalmists were well-acquainted with fear and despair. And yet they knew where their healing and blessing would come from: God – and God alone.
Psalm 34: 17-18: “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
When we are hurting, we tend to want two things: someone to hear us and someone to help us. In this Psalm, we see that God fulfills both of those roles. God is near to us in our time of trouble. He is right at our doorstep, listening to us, caring about us, and surrounding us with His comfort and protection. We must always remember that our God is both a mighty rescuer and a compassionate friend!
Psalm 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
When tragedy strikes, we often worry that we’re not strong enough to bear it. We fear that we won’t respond or react in the way we’re supposed to. But the truth is that we’re only human. At times, especially under great pressure, we will fail. But even in our weakness, God will give us His strength and help us to carry on.
Psalm 91: “He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”
Above all, we can have assurance that God is faithful. He keeps all His promises. In this world, there are many people who will disappoint us and abandon us to our own devices. But we have this one and unwavering hope: that God Himself will protect us. He will shelter us. He will keep us from being destroyed by the evil one. Why? Because that is Who He is: He is faithful – and He is love.
While these Psalms won’t magically cure all the deep-seated issues in our world today, they can be wellsprings of peace and hope in our lives. As we navigate this uncertain terrain, take time to meditate on Scripture and remember always God’s infallible promises. Pray for God to heal not only your own heart, but also the hearts of the many people in this world who are hurting just as you are. Healing is a process that takes time and patience. It’s rooted in love and understanding. But by the grace of God, He will give us the strength to overcome every circumstance – even in our brokenness. He is always and forever sufficient for us. Trust Him.
May God bless you mightily and bring peace upon your heart.
Written by Meisha Johnson