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Finding Comfort in the Psalms

In these confusing and difficult days, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. David gives us a wonderful example throughout Psalms of how to turn our pain into prayer and praise. Psalm 9:10-11 tells us that in knowing the Lord’s name, recognizing and acknowledging Him, we can trust Him.

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10 {NRSV)

Trust in this verse means to have confidence, boldness, and security. David then instructs us to “Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion,” and to “Declare His deeds among the peoples.” Psalm 9:11 (NRSV) David does this in 1 Chronicles 29:10-13. He offers praise to the Lord and declares His deeds and attributes aloud to the people assembled before him. We encourage you to follow David’s example. This is a powerful passage of scripture to declare aloud as a prayer of praise when we feel overwhelmed and especially when our nations and our world are in turmoil.

“Blessed are You, O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel for ever and ever. Yours, O Lord, are

The greatness,

The Power,

The Glory,

The Victory,

And the Majesty,

For all that is in the heavens and the earth is Yours;

Yours is the Kingdom, O Lord,

And you are exalted as head above all.

Riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all.

In Your hand are power and might,

And it is in Your hand to make great and give strength to all.

And now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise Your glorious name. (1 Chronicles 29:10-13 NRSV)

For further reading, turn to Isaiah 40, another powerful passage to declare aloud. We hope that this comforts you today.

[As adapted from The Bondage Breaker and Stomping Out The Darkness by Dr. Neil Anderson and Dr. Dave Park.]

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