By Bill Byrnes
As a tree gives fruit; healing words give life, but dishonest words crush the spirit. Proverbs: 15:4
As we start another Holiday season, many start their annual ride on an emotional roller-coaster that includes, among other feelings, discouragement, hopelessness & depression. At the least, this mix can be confusing–at the most–devastating!
A lot of us who have ridden on this “highway to Hell”(myself included) have found a way off. It’s marked by a sign where “exit” is spelled with five letters: BIBLE! There’s no self-help here; no “…isms” or “…oias” for you to contend with. It’s a very simple, no-cost first step. Open a Bible to the Psalms.
Also referred to as “songs”, the Psalms consist of 150 short passages that have several themes .Many describe God’s reaction to the “afflicted” heart–his anti-depressants (so to speak). Probably the most familiar is Psalm 23: “…lay me down in green pastures…”; “…He is with me when I walk thru the Valley of Death…”, etc., BUT there are several others just as comforting.
So, for any of you about to start your ride on the “Holiday roller-coaster”, take a brief exit & pick up some “anti-depressants”– for example, try some portions of Psalm 37. Your prescription is ready! No insurance necessary!
1-9: Don’t be upset because of evil people. Don’t be jealous of those who do wrong, because like the grass, they will soon dry up. Like green plants, they will soon die away. Trust the Lord and do good. Live in the land and feed on truth. Enjoy serving the Lord, and he will give you what you want. Depend on the Lord and he will take care of you. Then your goodness will shine like the noonday sun…Don’t be upset when others get rich or when someone else’s plans succeed. Don’t get angry or upset; it only leads to trouble,
11-13: The meek shall inherit the earth and will enjoy complete peace. The wicked make evil plans against good people. They grind their teeth at them in anger. But the Lord laughs at the wicked because he sees that their day is coming.
16:18:26-28: It is better to have little and be right than have much and be wrong. The Lord watches over the lives of the innocent, and their reward will last forever. Good people always lend freely to others and their children are a blessing. Stop doing evil and do good so you shall live forever. The Lord loves justice and will not leave those who worship him.
39-40: The Lord saves good people, he is their strength in times of trouble. The Lord helps them and saves them; he saves them from the wicked because they trust in him for protection.
And, like most other prescriptions, there are several additional treatments. Don’t forget the always popular (and comforting) Psalm 23. Perhaps, you can top-off your doses of Psalms 23 & 37 with some Psalm 91. They’re all good! Better still, your prescription has unlimited refills–no side-effects! Shop anytime–at your friendly neighborhood Bible–open 24/7 for the rest of your life! Just head for the aisle marked “Psalms”.
PSALM 91- Excepts
2-9: “The Lord is my refuge and my fortress. I will say to him ‘You are my God and I trust you’. He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you can hide. His truth will be your shield and protection. You will fear no danger at night or any arrows during the day. Don’t be afraid of diseases that come in the dark or illnesses that strike during the day. At your side, 1,000 people may die but you will not be hurt. You will only watch and see the wicked punished! You have made God your protection–your place of safety.”
10: 14-16: “The Lord says ‘Whoever loves me I will save. Whoever knows me, I will protect. They will call me and I will answer them. I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honor them. I will give them a long full life, and they will see how I can save’.”
SOME GREAT NEWS!! THERE’S ONLY 147 PSALMS LEFT!!!