See Yourself in the Psalms

He will regard the plea of the destitute and will not despise their prayer. Let this be recorded for the generation yet unborn, that a people yet to be created shall praise the Lord.

─ Psalm 102:17-18 AMPC

When you read Psalms, do you ever identify with the feelings confessed by the Psalmist? The writer of this Psalm was so distressed, he forgot to eat. He felt rejected, thrown away like someone would discard trash because the challenges of his circumstances were so overwhelming (Psalm 102:9-10).

Like the Psalmist, when we face illness, loss, heartache and anguish, time can escape us. Our days and nights can turn unnoticed, and we can pay little attention to our most basic needs. In times like these, we must shift our focus from our circumstances to our God, who has promised not to despise our prayers. He alone is our comfort and strength. Like the Psalmist, even when we are too frail to fight, we can turn to Him. Throughout the Psalms, it was when the writer realized his weaknesses, God’s utmost power became available.

God keeps every promise, even when we struggle to trust Him.

Today’s One Thing

Begin reading the Psalms every day for the next 30 days, starting with Psalm 102, with a new perspective – see yourself in the Psalms. Ask yourself how you relate to the Psalmist words. Then give God praise for His power and promises at work in your life.

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