What sort of headaches do you experience? Whatever kind, the Lord has the perfect remedy.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Headache? Take 2 Psalms and …
The saying goes, “If you have a headache, take two aspirin and call me in the morning.” Aspirin works for me when I get one of my infrequent sinus headaches. But for many, that simple remedy doesn’t work. The root cause may be deeper and require more drastic measures.
I view the Psalms as an analgesic that has more powerful results than aspirin. King David, the author of most of the 150 Psalms, bared his soul to the Lord in his words. Whether he felt rejected, tormented in soul, or persecuted, he expressed his feelings in his poems and songs that we call psalms. They’re filled with his complaints and his desire for revenge against his enemies. David lived with headaches—enemies who chased him, sin and guilt that tormented him, and a huge kingdom to deal with.
But David also found reason to express his joy, his faith, and his hope in God. In fact, just about every psalm ends with praise and thanksgiving.
Jesus used the psalms when he preached and taught. Other New Testament writers often quoted them as well. The early Christian church used the psalms in their worship, teaching, and evangelizing. And the tradition carries on in today’s Christian churches.
Why are the Psalms so popular among believers? Why do they inspire and strengthen and give hope? Because even as we, like David, live with our own kinds of headache, we get relief by venting our emotions to God in prayer as well as by praising him for his love and faithfulness. His grace and mercy are evident all around us. When we see that, when we focus on the Lord, our headaches vanish.
We should read two Psalms every day. They’re meant to express the deep emotions of the human heart in relation to God. Whether we’re discouraged, distressed, or experiencing fear, anxiety, or humiliation, our reading can become a cry for deliverance. If life is good, our reading can become a heartfelt expression of joy, thanksgiving, and adoration.
Let’s make Psalm 4 our prayer today. It begins, “Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.” The psalm ends with these positive words of hope: “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”