Psalms are amazing, they give us wonderful words to praise God and help us to be honest with him about life’s difficulties. I have often used the psalms through difficult periods, especially the short ones that I was already familiar with. I wrote about Psalm 62 in an earlier post, here are some thoughts on a couple of my other favourites:
‘Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Psalm 91: 1-2
I once was in a tiny church with a handful of people on a small Australian Island. Soon after the service began an old man got up to share his testimony. He said he was an evangelist for the Lord. He then said his favourite psalm was Psalm 91 and that he read it every morning and evening using it to pray to God, thank him and declare God’s truth over his life. I found this really inspiring, this man focused on the importance of getting some scripture inside him each day. Now I don’t read this psalm every day like he does but it is a psalm I come back to again and again.
This is probably one of the most well-known Psalms, the reason for this is because it is saturated with truth and is short and punchy! I have explored in another post some resources about this psalm that I have found helpful and what it means for Jesus to be our good shepherd. Therefore here are just a couple of thoughts on verses in the psalm:
- I find the last verse very comforting, as it reminds us that we will spend all eternity with God: ‘Your goodness and mercy follows me, I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6).’
- Also when things are tough verse 4 reminds me to thank God that he is with me through the difficulty and that I have nothing to fear: ‘Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”