by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator
I had open-heart surgery a few months ago, as some of you may recall from my previous blog. I am recovering well, despite a few "glitches," and appreciate all those who prayed for me.
While I was in the hospital, a friend of mine stopped by for a visit and began to read to me from a book she had. The book went through the Psalms with a little story attached to each one. Now, can I just make a confession? I have absolutely no memory of her reading to me. I fell asleep shortly after she began. When she left, she left the book on my table, and I found it the next day, having no idea where it came from.
My son stayed with me one night and asked if there was anything he could do for me so I asked if he would read to me from the book. What a blessing! There is something about the Psalms that touches every human emotion and circumstance. I remember after he had read a few of the Psalms, I was struck by how many times the psalmist referred to the heart.
"Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my body is in agony. I am sick at heart. How long O Lord, until you restore me?" Psalm 6:2-3
"…you look deep within the mind and heart, O righteous God." Psalm 7:1-9
"God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right." Psalm 7:10
If you are facing one of life's many "glitches," whether physical, relational, or emotional, please remember the Psalms. They are assured to bring comfort when nothing else seems to.
By the way, I continue to read through that book my friend left behind. I've read it almost every morning since returning home from the hospital. As I continue to heal, it is so wonderful to know that God sees my struggles and that He is there to comfort me through each one.