God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
There was a time when I was under a great deal of pressure on a daily basis. Going to work was a trial. I had to force myself to face each day anew.
Then I discovered the Psalms for myself. I say, “for myself”, because in my time as a pastor I had regularly used them to bring peace, hope and healing for others. To be honest, I had never discovered them for myself. That changed.
Each morning before I went to work, I spent time with God. I ended each morning’s devotion by reading a Psalm. Very quickly I discovered that the concluding Psalm became God’s pep talk for me, to encourage me into the day:Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10 Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge. Psalm 16:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1
So every morning as I went out to teach, I had the words of God ringing in my ears. This morning “ritual” enabled me to understand that God was a regular companion with me as I entered my day. There were other results. I have to confess, I began to see the Psalms in a far more personal light. The Psalms weren’t just comforting greeting card passages, but they were God’s revelation to me, His child.
To this day, when I read certain Psalms, they remind me of my struggles, but better still, they also remind me how God carried me through this time.