August 28, 2020
Psalms of Comfort

by Rev. Erin Noh
“I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my
deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of
my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised,
so I shall be saved from my enemies”
Psalms 18:1-3
In Psalm 18, verses 1 through 3, David praises God because of His powerful deliverance from all his enemies. These verses were written after David had been given absolute victory, and his enemies lay defeated at his feet. Thus, David expresses his gratitude to God for His glorious provision. You see, David had been running from Saul and was in constant danger of death, but God delivered him from all his enemies, and now David lifts his voice in praise to God who has given him total victory.

Some people read the Book of Psalms and the Book of Proverbs as daily devotionals. Psalms, for example, provides prayers that touches every human emotion. Proverbs’ 31 chapters allow for the reading of a chapter each day. Billy Graham, who was an evangelist and prominent evangelical Christian, also practiced a devotional routine. He explained, “I used to read five psalms every day - that teaches me how to get along with God, then I read a chapter of Proverbs every day and that teaches me how to get along with my fellow man.” I, personally, find comfort in reading verses from Psalms as daily devotionals because they provide the words needed to express myself in prayerful praise and thanksgiving, allowing me to pour out my heart to God. Even when I am in the midst of a loss, a trial, or a heartache, reading a verse from Psalms brings reassurance. Whether reading verses from Proverbs or Psalms, it is important that daily devotionals are truly devoted to God and occur daily.

The stress of COVID-19 has produced various issues in daily living. Some people are yearning for normality; other people are longing for a tender touch of a loved one; yet, others are experiencing emotional anxiety. If you are experiencing any of these and more, turn to Psalms because it provides a wealth of prayers that take a wide variety of forms - from praise, to rejoicing, to crying out to God for help, to exalting God for all His blessings. Just like David, when we look back at this season of life, we will recognize that God was at work around us, and God was at work in us. We will see God our strength, our rock, our fortress, our deliverer, and our stronghold providing and protecting. For when we call on God, who is worthy of our praise, we are delivered and restored. I pray reading the Book of Psalms brings you great peace and comfort.
Lord, You are my Lord and King, my precious Redeemer. There is no other God like You, entirely full of goodness, grace, and mercy. You heal us when we are brokenhearted and bandage our wounds. You build us up when we are weak in our soul. Thank you for giving us the courage to go forward. Amen
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