A Psalm Of Hope To Calm Your Stressful Heart
How’s your stress level?
We know that stress isn’t good for us but eliminating it is easier said than done.
Where do you turn when life is stressful?
I looked online for some healthy tips and found…
- take a hot bath
- go outside
- light some candles
- get more sleep
But we also know that we do some unhealthy things when we’re stressed…
- hours of screen time
- unnecessary shopping and spending
Whether healthy or unhealthy, the majority of the things we do will only soothe stressful feelings for a moment.
The Bible doesn’t tell us why David was stressed when he wrote Psalm 31 but he appears to feel trapped in his circumstances.
But David didn’t try to soothe himself with short-term solutions . . . David turned to God…
Turn your ear to listen to me;Psalm 31:2
rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
a fortress where I will be safe.
He asked the Lord to hear his prayer and be his place of safety . . . a place of calm for his stressful heart.
And that’s really what we need when we’re stressed, isn’t it? We need to feel safe in the moment and hopeful about the future.
I’ll admit that I typically feel stressed when I’m overwhelmed by my circumstances and let my mind grow anxious about the future. I end up mentally “spinning my wheels” and physically unproductive.
But the Lord doesn’t want you or me to deal with life overwhelmed or fretful. He doesn’t want us worried about the future . . . He wants us to trust His love with confidence trusting His love and care.
I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,Psalm 31:7
for You have seen my troubles,
and You care about the anguish of my soul.
God loves us so much that He is willing and able to help us carry our stressful burdens and give us what we need when we need it. He doesn’t give peace and strength in advance; He gives it when it’s needed . . . when we willingly surrender our cares and concerns to Him.
Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.1 Peter 5:7
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.Philippians 4:6–7a, Romans 8:28
We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.
And Solomon wrote…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;Proverbs 3:5–6
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
and He will show you which path to take.
We’re not alone and we don’t have to deal with stressful situations alone. We are loved by the One who keeps the sun, moon, and stars in place; the One who cares for the birds in the air and flowers in a field. He is more than able to take care of you and me.
When you and I give Him our cares and concerns He will show us the way to go and give us the peace and strength we need to follow where He leads.
A Prayer to Calm a Stressful Heart
Father, I need Your help. I feel overwhelmed and anxious. My mind is spinning with unproductive thoughts and I don’t know what to do or where to turn. Lord, I come to You for protection and direction. I’m sorry I’ve let my current and anticipated concerns burden my thoughts for as long as I have.
So, I’m gathering up my burdens and I’m laying them at Your feet. I’m trusting You to give me what I need today.
Thank you for the countless times You have helped and guided me in the past. Thank you for the way You care for all You have made. Your mercy, grace, and love are evident everywhere I look.
I believe You guide me according to Your plans and purposes. I believe You are able to care for me now and in the future. I believe that You will give me whatever I need to walk the path You have chosen. You are greater than anything in this world. And I will “take heart” when I’m stressed because I know that Jesus has overcome the world and its troubles. Thanks and praise now and forever. Amen.
And there’s one more thing I want us all to remember…
Giving our burdens and stressful hearts to God is the first thing we should do. But then, it can be helpful to get that exercise, take a hot bath, take a walk, read something positive, or take a nap.
Our Heavenly Father, encourages us to “be still and know” that He is God.
The Message says it like this…
Attention, all! See the marvels of God!Psalm 46:8–11
He plants flowers and trees all over the earth,
Bans war from pole to pole,
breaks all the weapons across his knee.
“Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
loving look at me, your High God,
above politics, above everything.”
Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.
So, let’s pause and trust that our God is able to give us everything we need.
May He be with you and give you everything you need today.
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Dear Deb, thank God for the loving way God used you to speak His peace in the midst of trying circumstances I.e my bank account has been locked for the past two months…only they can free it.
And my dearest one, Andrew Pacheco has a 90 year old mum who is ill in 🇮🇪 and he cannot get to be with me yet..pray she will recover, also that God will demonstrate His victory in the midst of trying financial hardship
Bless you and thank you
Deb, thank you that you share real life topics with us! Life throws stress at us in one way or another on a daily basis! And for me, stress used to be a slow agonizing and paralyzing ordeal always! Oh, I would pray, but then be guilty of taking it back and stress all the more. Through maturing my faith and trust in God, I found that any hope of surviving, could only be found in COMPLETE AND TOTAL SURRENDER TO GOD! To not hold back even the tiniest bit of doubt or fear on a very conscious level. I had to learn to surrender
every thought, every stressor…as they say, “Let go and let God.”
EVEN THERE (whatever is so overwhelming, frightening, threatening, stressful ) shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.
May we all be blessed in surrender! God bless you, dear teacher, and all those who are visiting you here, today!
Oh, Sarah, I’m so sorry. I can’t imagine how stressful that must be. We’re praying for you and for your friend, Andrew, and his mum. God be with you and bless you!
I just found Counting My Blessings two days ago and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart!
This post was so needed today!!
I really believe you are God sent.
Every post I have read is inspirational and healing. Each one is written beautifully and resonates.
May God Bless Us All in these trying times. 🙏✝️🙏
Welcome, MaryEllen! I remember when I found Deb, and countingmy blessings.com! It felt with every post I read, she had taken the words out of my heart or mind and set them to paper!! I have been so blessed and look so forward to every post!! Deb is real and realistic! Beautiful inside and out! A great teacher and a kind listener and encourager! She is truly a God send to all of us!
Welcome, MaryEllen! I’m so very thankful that the Lord led you to join us. And I thank you for your kind encouragement. We do have a wonderful group of encouragers here and we’re all looking forward to getting to know you. Praying for you and asking the Lord to be with you and bless you!
I was feeling some stress this morning for no apparent reason, Deb, and then I read this post. Oh, what comfort it has given me!
May you be blessed today, my friend.
I’m so glad, Martha! You sure do bless me! Praying that you’re having a wonderful day!
Sending Blessings your way…
It’s very seldom that I feel stressed. But when I do feel the stress coming on, my husband and I talk and read the following Bible verses together:
1 Chronicles 16:11 – Philippians 4:6 –
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Psalm 55:22 and
In addition we enumerate all our Blessings.
We help other people cope with stress triggers, etc., by reading God’s word and encouraging a healthy anti inflammatory diet.
Satan is always on the prowl. We need to be vigilant of his tactics and always wear the armor of God.
Deb, may you have a Joyful and Fruitful week.
I love that, Raquel. As Rev and I walk through his journey of AlS, it’s so tempting to get fearful and anxious but we too, continue to go to the Lord together through His Word and prayer. We also memorize His promises and cling to them throughout each day. Thanks so much for visiting and for blessing our conversation!
Another wonderful post that hits home! I am a very high stress person. It seems that God is speaking to me through you. Thank you. This helps me while I go through a current very stressful situation. God bless you!
Thank you, Sue! It’s so nice to know I’m not alone in my tendencies toward stressfulness. He’s been very patient with me and I am learning to give it to Him and trusting Him to give me what I need one moment and a time. Praying for you as you go through this stressful time. Blessings!
What a beautiful topic that we all deal with in our busy life’s. I always look forward to your post they help me to continue growing in my faith and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ on all circumstances. I would like to send a prayer request for my friend Veronica that is dealing with her mother’s head. Her mother lives in Texas and she lives in California having to juggle with her work, and her mother long distance. She needs lots of prayer to help her in the situation she is in.
Thank you for the beautiful post I always look forward in them give me lots of peace and comfort.
Have a blessed day🙏
Thank you for your kindness, Ana! I’m so thankful it blessed you. I am happy to pray for Veronica that has to be so hard trying to love and honor her mother well from a distance. Asking the Lord to be with her, guide her, and give her His peace.