encouragement in Psalm 34
What I didn’t anticipate was the level of difficulty that has come with the editing process. Grammar and punctuation haven’t been much of a stumbling block. Plus, there are even applications these days that can help with that type of thing. What has been hard to get past is the critical voice in my head.
As I read back through my writing, I have this voice that keeps berating me, telling me the words are awful, pointless, already been written better by someone else, and that they will never help anyone. I know it’s not true. If God calls us to something, He will equip us for it. Still, the doubts come and slow me down.
In Psalm 34: 4-5, 8 the psalmist writes:
I sought the LORD, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
When you start to have the voices of shame and doubt speak louder than words of grace and hope, seek after God. He promises to answer you and bring you through.
God’s word can do that for our soul, too.
When we have days on end of rainy weather in our lives, we don’t have to let it stay that way. This psalm calls us to taste and see that the Lord is good and that we are blessed when we seek after Him for our refuge. Find a psalm today that echos how your heart is feeling and pray it out loud to God.
Instead, may we only hear the direction of His voice.
Even if His words are ones of admonishment, they are encouraging, because they lead to a closer, better, higher walk with Him.
You can pray this prayer, too. For when those discouraging voices try to shame you. May you hear only His voice and find comfort and love that only He can give.
Keep pressing on, friend.