Psalm 61:1–5

At times putting words on paper can free our feelings from the lonely prison of our souls. Especially in times of heartache and disappointment.

It was King David who wrote:

O God, listen to my cry!

Hear my prayer!

From the ends of the earth,

I cry to you for help

when my heart is overwhelmed.

Lead me to the towering rock of safety,

for you are my safe refuge,

a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.

Let me live forever in your sanctuary,

safe beneath the shelter of your wings!

For you have heard my vows, O God.

You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name.

(Psalm 61:1–5)

In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul wrote his own “psalm” about a difficult struggle in his life:

Now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:9–10).

As you feel the sting of sorrow or the pain of betrayal today, what do you write? Nothing? Healing stands with open arms waiting to read your words. And there are others who may need to read the hope that flows from your experience with the Lord. Perhaps you could compose your own personal psalm of struggle turned to praise today. Go ahead ... give it a try!


Devotional content taken from Good Morning, Lord ... Can We Talk? by Charles R. Swindoll. Copyright ©2018. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries. All rights reserved.