Unloading and Reloading: A Devotion from Wisdom for Life

The Psalms teach us a wonderful way to replace stress and lies with truth and peace.

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite devotions directly from my book Wisdom for Life! Enjoy!

Unloading and Reloading

Sorrow, confusion, frustration, anger, fear, hopelessness—negative emotions can be our undoing if we don’t handle them constructively. 

Psalms gives us some wonderful examples for dealing with discouragement biblically. It’s what I call “unloading and reloading.” 

Repeatedly throughout the Psalms, the psalmists unload negative thoughts and feelings and reload, restore, refresh, and refocus their thoughts on God’s love and faithfulness. 

For example, I can feel negative at times because God is so often misrepresented and maligned in our modern culture. Like Asaph in Psalm 74:10, I feel like asking, “God, how long will the enemy mock? Will the foe insult your name forever?” 

But Asaph also shows me how to reload when he reminds himself that “God my King is from ancient times, performing saving acts on the earth” (v. 12). We may be tested by the negative pressures of culture, but our God is still in control. 

When Asaph says, “Rise up, God, champion your cause!” (v. 22), he knows our God is able to do that. 

Another example is Psalm 86 where David unloads by admitting he feels “poor and needy” (v. 1). He’s being attacked by arrogant people, and he has concerns about his own faithfulness. Have you ever felt that way? 

If so, you can reload as David did by saying, “You, Lord, are kind and ready to forgive, abounding in faithful love to all who call on you” (v. 5). 

Many of the psalms follow this pattern of unloading negative emotions and reloading truths about God’s character. It’s a good practice for all of us. 

For Further Thought 

How does Romans 12:2 (AMP) confirm the truth of unloading and reloading? How does it offer a more permanent solution? 

And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].

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This devotion is Day 16 in Wisdom for Life, which contains 100 devotions based on Psalms and Proverbs. I wanted to give you a taste of what you can expect if you buy the book. 

I hope you noticed the “For Further Thought” section. It's something you'll find below each devotion in Wisdom for Life for those times when you have more than one minute and want to dig deeper.

In addition, there's some space in the book to journal your thoughts, if you'd like. Just be careful to use a pen or pencil that doesn’t bleed through the page. 

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The Psalms teach us a wonderful way to replace stress and lies with truth and peace.

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