Psalms: The Cry of our Souls
Psalms expresses the cry of our souls. It reflects the variety of human hopes and every experience of our hearts. For instance:
- If you are fearful, read Psalm 23, 56, or 91.
- If you are discouraged, read Psalm 42.
- If you are feeling lonely, then turn to Psalm 62 or 71.
- If you are oppressed by sinfulness, read Psalm 51, written after David’s double sin of adultery and murder, and Psalm 32, also David’s expression of confession and forgiveness.
- If you find yourself worried, I recommend Psalms 37 and 73.
- If you are angry, try Psalm 13 or 58.
- If you are resentful, read Psalm 77 or 94.
- If you feel happy and want words to express your happiness, read Psalm 66 or 92.
- If you feel forsaken, try Psalm 88.
- If you are grateful, read Psalm 40.
- If you are doubtful and you find your faith is beginning to fail, read Psalm 119.
A few years ago, I entered a house and stumbled upon the body of a man who had committed suicide. What a shock it was! I had known him fairly well, for he had been coming to me for counseling. That night I found it impossible to sleep because I was so troubled. In that hour of desolation, my wife and I turned to Psalms. It was the only book that could quiet our hearts in an hour of anguish. Psalms has always been the book where people of God have pillowed their heads in times of distress or sorrow. Whatever you’re feeling, turn to Psalms.
Excerpt from Joy of Living Bible Study: Highlights of the Old Testament, Wisdom & Prophecy (Job–Malachi), commentary by Ray C. Stedman. Order the full study in print, CD, or as a digital download here.
About Ray C. Stedman
Ray C. Stedman (1917-1992) was a pastor, teacher, well-known Bible expositor, and author of numerous books, including many Joy of Living studies. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Ray served 40 years as pastor of the Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California, before retiring in 1990. Ray and his wife Elaine were blessed with 4 daughters and 11 grandchildren. Ray went home to be with the Lord in 1992.
For additional biographical information, Portrait of Integrity: The Life of Ray C. Stedman by Mark S. Mitchell, published by Discovery House Publishers, is available through Joy of Living.
To find other materials by and about Ray Stedman, visit Ray Stedman: Authentic Christianity, an exhaustive library of Ray’s messages and books.