I have a Spotify playlist for every mood. It’s clearly labeled by the emotion, and the music that completes the playlist just encourage that emotion. For example, the playlist entitled “dramatic” is filled with songs with crescendos, emotion-filled lyrics, and melodies that make you feel like you’re in a movie trailer. Needless to say, that playlist is probably my favorite. The Psalms remind me of my Spotify playlists.
Every mood. Every emotion. Every thought. It’s covered. It’s there. It’s written about. The Psalmists understand me and my dramatic self.
So when I have to choose a “power Psalm” and talk about what it speaks to me, I have trouble. I have to first examine my heart. What am I feeling right now in this moment? Then I go from there. But as I looked at myself trying to choose a Psalm I felt like empowered me every day, I realized I needed to choose a Psalm that spoke of grace. Because let’s face it: I need grace often (like every day often).
The subtitle of this text is “The Lord will not forsake His people.” Twenty-three verses that encompass just that. The reminder and spoken truth that we have a God that doesn’t forsake us. Don’t we all need that?
In the midst of a busy and chaotic world, we can feel so lonely and broken. To remind ourselves that there is grace in the middle of all of that is one of the most comforting things to me.
You can read the entire chapter on your own here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+94&version=ESV. But so I don’t have pages upon pages written on Psalm 94, I’m going to focus on just verses 18 and 19. These could easily be an anthem to grace. I love what the Amplified Version says for theses verses:
“If I say, ‘My foot has slipped,’ Your compassions and loving kindness, O Lord, will hold me up. When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comforts delight me.”
First, lets focus on 18. “My foot has slipped.” It makes me think of Peter when Jesus calls him to walk on water in Matthew 14. Peter begins to sink, and Jesus pulls him up - a rescue and safe place.
Where does your foot keep slipping? Where in your life do you feel you fall time and time again?
Friend, Jesus holds you up.
He offers grace when you need it. He has compassion and loving kindness that He’s wanting to pour out onto you. You just need to speak out and say, “My foot has slipped,” and there He is.
Let’s go on to verse 19 now. I’m a very anxious person. And there are days where my thoughts are filled with anxiety and fear. It is comforting to read the words, “When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your comforts delight me.”
Sometimes, I need to speak that truth out to myself. As I’m scared or tired or emotional, to speak the truth of “I am comforted and delighted by You, Lord.”
I want you to speak that truth over yourself. Right where you are. Remind yourself that in the midst of your hurt and chaos and anxiety and fear, you can claim delight, because you serve a God who loves you and comforts you. In the darkest valleys, in the stormiest seas, He is there.
My “power Psalm” is a Psalm of grace. Of kindness. Of love. And I hope that encourages you when you feel like you’ve fallen too far from grace.
Written by: Carrie