“Your Word, Lord, stands forever; it is firm as the Heavens” –Psalm 119:89.
The Psalms: Why They Are Critical In Times Like These
There has been a lot of emphasis in the media about taking care of our physical health. But what about our spiritual health? Why is that part of the equation rarely talked about when it is so vitally important to our overall well-being? Our relationship with God is of utmost importance. In our age of stress, anxiety, confusion, fear and uncertainty, we need emotional help and comfort. We need a divine intervention of our soul! Thankfully, God knows all of this and He has given us an amazing resource to feed our spiritual and emotional needs that also helps to guide us on the right path forward, teach us to pray, and strengthens our faith. The Book of Psalms is a particularly powerful Book of the Bible. In fact, it is regarded as one of the most powerful Books of all time, especially in times like these.
There is too much to cover in a single article, but here are a few of the most important benefits of prayerfully meditating on the Psalms each day. The Psalms: Why They Are Critical In Times Like These…
The Psalms remind us of God’s steadfast love and faithfulness
Psalm 91:4: “He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”
Psalm 91 is an incredibly comforting passage to read through when you are feeling lost or afraid. Though the world may rage around us, we don’t have to fear. We have divine protection. We are safe under the wings of God Himself. He is faithful to shelter us from every threat and every work of Satan. He will not allow us to be overtaken by the troubles of this world.
The Psalms give us hope in our suffering
Psalm 119:50: “This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your promise gives me life.”
When disaster strikes, we don’t have to despair. We have great hope in the promises of God. All throughout Scripture, we see that God promises to bless us, to restore us, and to give us eternal life. These promises far outweigh any affliction that we could go through in this life. That is why we can endure suffering: because we know that all of it is working to produce a glory beyond compare.
The Psalms remind us where our help comes from
Psalm 73:26: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Sometimes we simply need to be reminded that we are only human. We will make mistakes. We will mess up. We will be unsure of what to say or do. The good news is that it is not up to us to rescue ourselves from danger. God is our Deliverer, He is our strength, and His power is more than sufficient to make up for our weaknesses.
We are living through a time of great unrest and uncertainty. But the Psalms remind us that we are not alone — God has not abandoned us. On the contrary, He is actively pursuing, protecting, and empowering us to rise above tribulation and to stay firmly planted in faith. In an era of seemingly endless negativity and pessimism, what we need most is the life and peace-giving Word of God. Without it, we will quickly be sucked into the energy-draining and depleting whirlwind which surrounds us. But with it, we have a counter balance! The most powerful weapon (the Word of God) the world has ever known. And that is why the Psalms are critical in times like these.
So today, turn off the news! Instead of turning to what will hold your soul down and steal your peace, open the divinely-inspired Word of God — The Book of Psalms. Prayerfully read the promises of God and believe in what you are reading. Your heart, mind and soul will thank you for it. Not just now, not just today, but for forever.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” –2 Timothy 3:16-17.
Written by Meisha Johnson