Finding Peace Through the Psalms

Jesus declared that He Himself is the object (fulfillment) of all the Scriptures of the Old Testament, summarizing the threefold division in Luke 24 as “the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms.”

Finding Peace Through the Psalms

Over the last few months we have certainly experienced what uncertainty, fear and anxiety feels like. But the central theme of the Gospel tells us not to fear even in the face of great opposition and challenge. Fear is not only crippling, it is the opposite of faith. When we live in fear and worry, we are basically saying that we are not sure God if can take care of us. That He may not be big enough or powerful enough to change our situation around. And this of course is the opposite of faith. Our faith is a prerequisite for our breakthrough.

Jesus came so that we could live in peace always. He knew that we would have trouble in this world (Jn 16:33) and that we would need a supernatural kind of peace and strength to weather our many challenges. Peace is the ability to remain calm, assured and still in the midst of adversity. By reading and meditating on Scripture, we are guaranteed a peace that transcends all understanding (Ph 4:7) — a peace that permeates mind, body, and soul. If you are in need of more peace in your life, turn to the Book of Psalms. It will remind you of God’s presence with you and divine protection over you.

Here are three powerful verses to prayerfully meditate on when you are feeling overwhelmed with worry. When these psalms are prayed with your whole heart and soul, you will begin to let go of the uncontrollable and begin to feel more at peace knowing that God is in control. You will begin to rest assured knowing that He will take care you. Let’s begin…

1.) “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” –Psalm 4:8.

In times of great stress it can be hard to rest both physically and mentally, afraid that if we let our guard down something bad might happen. The good news is, when we are not looking God is looking. He is our faithful Watchman protecting us from any and all danger. And He wants us to rest in faith and not be fearful. Listen closely and you will hear Him asking you to cast all your cares on Him; and to hold fast to the divine peace He offers.

2.) “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear [even] though the earth gives way; [even] though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea” –Psalm 46:1-2.

Here is a powerful picture of what it means to remain steady and courageous when all hope seems to be lost. God is not merely a life preserver with the ability to keep us afloat. He is a Strong Tower (Prov 18:10), a place where we can find shelter in troubled and desperate times. Nothing can shake Him. Even when the earth crumbles around us, we will still be safe under the watchful eye and careful right hand of the Lord Almighty.

3.) “Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol [hell], or let Your holy one see corruption” –Psalm 16:9-10.

How comforting it is to know that God will not abandon us in our time of need. Because of His presence, we do not have to hide or cower in fear when disaster strikes. We can instead, contrary to worldly logic, be glad and rejoice in it (Ps 118:24). Yes, we can rejoice! We can go through life confidently and boldly (Eph 3:11-12) because we know that even in our darkest hour, “the LORD Himself goes before us…never to leave us nor forsake us” (Deut 31:8). 

Peace is not something that comes easily or naturally — especially today. It is a decided lifestyle that takes devoted daily prayer and unwavering faith to cultivate. But if we put in the work, ridding our minds of thoughts of despair and darkness by focusing on God’s Word instead, thoughts and feelings of fear will melt away. Like the psalmists, we can trust God with every challenge we face — no matter how big or how small. The supernatural peace we seek is found in the Truth and promises of God. Trust Him and watch what He will do in your life.

By Meisha Johnson

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