THE POWER OF THE PSALMS
by Kevin Rutherford
While it is true that some people suffer more than others, it is also true that no one will escape this earth without suffering. When we suffer we must not forget that God can comfort us (2 Corinthians 1:3-7). God can comfort us through prayer, through Christians, through providence, and through His Word.
God can comfort us in a powerful way through the Psalms. David wrote many Psalms when he suffered. One example is the third Psalm. In that Psalm David spoke of the numbers of people who had turned against him. This would include is own son Absalom. David refers to those who said “There is no help for him in God.” (Psalm 3:2) He answers them by speaking of how God can help him though he may be terribly outnumbered.
David faced his trouble with courage in God. David prayed to God and cried unto God for help. After asking God for help David said, “I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.” (Psalm 3:6) David then concludes the Psalm by telling us that God saves and blesses His people.
The next time you feel discouraged, downtrodden, depressed, and defeated start reading the Psalms. Through your study of the Psalms God will strengthen you.