Psalms 24-26

Apr 6, 2022    Pastor Steve Feden

"For the Troubled Soul" - Psalms 24-26

We will make our way through three Psalms. Psalm 24 opens with God as Creator and Psalm 26 opens with God as a judge. Psalm 25 is where our greater focus will be.

Psalm 25, a Psalm of David, is deeply personal. David is a man in trouble, having needs he cannot meet on his own. So he prays. David fluctuates between personal needs and general statements about God. He is a man dependant on the fact that God will be who He says He is.

In the Psalms we learn to counsel ourselves from scripture, based on the relationship we have with God. According to the CDC, in 2019 19.2% of U.S. adults received any mental health treatment in the past 12 months, including 15.8% who had taken prescription medication for their mental health and 9.5% who had received counseling or therapy from a mental health professional.

It is a good thing to talk to someone when you are struggling and need to be "talked off the proverbial cliff". In other words, you need some encouragement that things will be ok. But as you grow, a real skill is learning to talk yourself off the cliff, as it were. The better you get at processing pain, guilt, shame, etc with God, the faster and more easily it occurs. David is a master at "strengthening Himself in the Lord" [1 Sam 30:6].

How does he do it?? How can you learn to do it? How do you pray when things are tough? Why don't you....