Read 111.) Psalms 35, 41, 43, 46 and 55. With 35 of the 150 Psalms being ‘of the troubled soul;’ that’s 23% of them. Is that in any way indicative as to how many times, or how often, we might need one? Not really. We’ll all know difficult times; some more than others. If there’s an over-arching life-lesson from these, it might be: “Life is not fair, but God is good!” Psalm 35: 28 verses, it is a prayer for help and deliverance from the first verse. Again, it is about the threat posed by enemies, whom David fears are too strong for him. We even find, what looks to be, an 18th mention of ‘the angel of the Lord;’ Who’s been a key figure in God’s dealings for Israel from the very beginning, going back to Genesis 16, some 1,100 years before. Note from verse 13, the mention of prayers that go unanswered. This is important, as some falsely teach that God does, or must, answer all our prayers earnestly asked in faith; not so! The last 2 verses resolve with joy, gladness, exultation, delight and praises! Psalm 41: 13 verses penned during a great trial of illness, about which enemies hope for David’s demise. It concludes with a view to eternity in the presence of the Lord! Psalm 43: A brief 5 verses of prayer. Here we see David in deep distress of soul. And, by no means through it yet, as it concludes with an exhortation to his own self to continue to reach for God, and not fall into despair. He holds out a hope for coming out on through to the victory-side of his dilemma… ‘for I will yet Praise Him’!
Psalm 46: Differs, in that in its 11 verses, it brings forth the highest exultation in the Lord for whatever trial David has just been through. We have famous verses in 1 and 10. Verse 1 declares how that God is our refuge, strength and ever-present help. Believe it! However, verse 10 is almost always misused. ‘Be still, and know that I am God,’ is not a word of comfort to believers to rest in and contemplate God at all! It is actually a command to the heathen nations around Israel to, in so many words, ‘SHUT UP! Because I am God!’ Note the surrounding context, and see. Then, with Psalm 55: We have 23 verses that commence with anguish and horror over a dear friend, who had become a very dangerous enemy. Have you ever been betrayed by a close friend? Find hope in the words of David found with verses 1+2, 16-18, 22 and the closing line of 23. Read them separately, apart from the rest of the context and verses. They hold out great hope for you who have known betrayal! Though David lived 3,000 years ago, and is now with the Lord in heaven; we are very much as he was, and all too often find ourselves in great need. We need never despair, but should ever turn to God, and place all our hope and trust in Him. He truly does care. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell