Through the course of the years and trials, I have come to having times of enough is enough. However, I have found reading the psalms repeatedly until the words jump at me to be just what I need to cling to during periods of problems, despair, and depression.
My healing ministry is about letting Jesus and the Spirit do their work through me and knowing the supernatural power at work and the power of the promises of the scriptures. I have built up a range of psalms which work powerfully, as I now feel held, fearless and trusting in God’s powerful love for me and my family.
Arming Yourself With Scripture
So here are the passages (taken from the NIV Bible) which have stuck for me and keeps me at peace to what brings out God’s power (for me):
Psalm 92:12-15 “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming” The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
Psalm 91: 3, 10-16 “Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.” “No harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you in all your ways: They will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
Psalm 70:2: “May those who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion, may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace.”
Psalm 27: 1-5, 11-13 “The Lord is my light and my salvation- Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling.”
Psalm 23: 1-3,5 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.”
Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in war chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”
These have helped me stand firm during many storms, including while having insomnia, which was healed. It led me to a deeper experience of God’s presence and power while on training for healing ministry. I had quite a few conditions all at once for many years: asthma, plantar fasciitis, polyps in my colon, and they have all cleared. I have to say that surrender does not come easy, but Psalm 20:7 put a stop to that. God knows best, his solutions are not only powerful, but they are also wholesome too, perfect in unexpected ways (because of our limited minds).
What Psalms have you found to help you during times of difficulty?
Sylvie Croslard is a member of the community of Aidan and Hilda, a neo-monastic dispersed Celtic Christian global community. She is French-born, a former teacher, who is now involved in healing ministry and an author. Sylvie has an ecumenical heart and believes that God uses all of the church as she has traveled from Roman Catholicism to Anglicanism and its various expressions.
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