Sunday afternoon I received an email from a friend in Japan. After the initial relief that she and her family were safe, my thoughts went to those who have not been so fortunate. News of Friday’s earth quake and resulting tsunami was overshadowed by the partial melt down of 2 nuclear reactors, causing the evacuation as I write this, of 200,000 people. Can prayer really be practical in such circumstances?
Oh to unlock the stories that resulted in the Book of Psalms! Psalms can be thought of as lyrics sung in ancient gatherings and temples chronicling impossibilities resolved, hope renewed, answers found by turning to God. A woman told me of finding actual healing from cancer when her doctor offered no hope in medical treatment but recommended that she read the Book of Psalms for comfort. May you find in the following brief examples fuel for your prayer as I have in my prayer for the people of Japan:
- Psalm 23, “You, LORD, are my shepherd. I will never be in need…you refresh my life…and you lead me along the right paths…I may walk through valleys as dark as death, but I won’t be afraid. You are with me…Your kindness and love will always be with me each day of my life…”
- Psalm 91, “Live under the protection of God Most High and stay in the shadow of God All-Powerful. Then you will say to the LORD, “You are my fortress, my place of safety…The Lord will keep you safe from secret traps and deadly diseases… or sudden disaster at noon. You will not be harmed, though thousands fall all around you… The Lord says, “If you love me and truly know who I am, I will rescue you and keep you safe…”
- Psalm 139, “Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths…
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.”