The Comfort of the Psalms

This short devotion explains 4 reasons that reading the Psalms can benefit us, especially when we are discouraged.

Sometimes people ask my advice when they're struggling through a difficult spot, and I often recommend reading the Psalms.
  • Has someone slandered you and damaged your reputation?
  • Has someone returned you evil for good?
  • Is there someone you've loved sacrificially who has turned on you?
  • Are you confused by the way evil men triumph?

Sorrow, fear, anger, and confusion are common emotions for Christians and also for the Psalmists (e.g. Psalm 18:6; Psalm 35:11-16; Psalm 73).

Sometimes when reading a Psalm, I pause and breathe a sigh, realizing I'm not alone. Others have felt the same way I am feeling. And they took their feelings to their best Friend, the Lord.

The Psalms:

1. Assure us that God isn't offended by our honest questions and feelings. 
See Taking our Emotions to the Lord.

2. Show us how to express our feelings to God. 
See 10 Prayers from the Psalms.

3. Assure us others have experienced similar problems.
See Confidently Sharing Our Fears With God.

4. Show us how to move from discouragement to hope and trust.
See Have I served God in Vain? 

Are you struggling? I encourage you to read the Psalms daily.
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Did you know that Bible Love Notes has a large collection of 1-minute devotion from the Psalms? You can find it here: The Wonderful Psalms.


This short devotion explains 4 reasons that reading the Psalms can benefit us, especially when we are discouraged.


   

This short devotion explains 4 reasons that reading the Psalms can benefit us, especially when we are discouraged.


7 comments:

  1. Wonderful advice, Gail. I, too, love how God's Word shows us that we are not alone. (I Corinthians 10:13).

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  2. Thankyou 💚
    Everything you ask is happening in my life.

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    1. I'm so sorry that you are struggling in all of these areas. Please know that the Lord is eager to comfort and guide you in this difficult time. And remember that others have suffered these same things and found comfort and peace in the Lord. As I write this, I pray for you and your situation. God bless you.
      Gail

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  3. I read the Psalms for reasons you have listed. It is my 'go to place' when I have bad days and good days. It covers every need I have. Also I insert names of those in need of prayer.

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  4. I thought that God would be offended if I say some honest and sincere questions that's why I just hide it from Lord God. I'm on a spiritual warfare today. I began to doubt God's word. By the way thank you Mrs. Gail! 🤧

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    1. I've prayed for you. And please don't fear telling the Lord your feelings, doubts, fears, and sorrows. He wants to hear them all and He wants to assure you and comfort you.

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