Whenever I feel anxious or worried I often look to the Psalms for comfort and reassurance. Every emotion that you are feeling can be found in one of the Psalms. There are Psalms of thanksgiving, Psalms of lament, Psalms of thanksgiving and Psalms that cry out for deliverance. For whatever reason, I feel better when I know that someone else has felt the same emotions that I am feeling, because it makes me feel a little less alone. I don’t know about you, but my emotions have been all over the place. It has been a little bit like being on a roller coaster ride with all the ups and downs and crazy loop de loops. Whatever emotions you are feeling are ok, they are normal. Reading the Psalms helps me remember that when I see that the writers of the Psalms experienced many of the same emotions I do, and they weren’t afraid to express those emotions to God!
Today I read Psalm 16, and I invite you to take a few minutes and read this Psalm as well. Psalm 16 is a trust Psalm, which is a Psalm that expresses faith and confidence in God amid great difficulties, threats and dangers. It does my soul well to read trust Psalms these days. After you read this Psalm, take a few minutes and make list of all the good things God has done for you, and thank God for those things. It isn’t always easy for us to remember all of the seemingly small things that God has done for us, that we need to be thankful for, especially amidst all of these big emotions we are feeling, but when we switch our mindset to be grateful for all of the small things we do begin to see how God is present in all things.
P.S. Don’t be afraid to share the full breadth of whatever you are feeling with God, God can handle it.