I have found the Psalms in the Old Testament of the Bible to be a special blessing in my life. I especially find them comforting when I am going through difficult moments in my life. They can be a blessing to you as well, dear caregiver, as you go through the struggles and challenges of care-giving for your loved ones.
One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 34. Psalm thirty-four is a beautiful Psalm. Psalm thirty-four is filled with beautiful promises from the Lord to His people. A man named David wrote Psalm thirty-four when he was homeless and hiding from King Saul who was trying to take David's life. David could have concluded that he had nothing for which to be thankful. Instead David said in Psalm 34:1, "I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips."
Notice David said his praises for the lord would be on his lips at ALL times. Do we praise the Lord at all times? Do you praise God even in the challenges of care-giving, dear caregiver? I remember that being a difficult thing to do, as I watched my husband's body decline step by step. Yet praising God in the difficult moments is the pathway to peace and joy even in those moments.
We must remember that God works all things together for our good. This does not mean that all of life's events are good in themselves. It does mean, however, that the Lord uses even what we consider the bad circumstances in our lives for our ultimate spiritual good. Through difficult times in our lives the Lord teaches us patience, perseverance, and dependence on Him rather than in ourselves. We grow spiritually during those times. Praising God in all circumstances is the secret to a life filled with joy. Praise on our lips and praise in our hearts for the Lord lifts us above our difficulties.
When David was in the midst of a difficult circumstance in his life he sought out the Lord, and the Lord delivered him from all his fears (Psalm 34:4). God did not deliver David from some of his fears but from ALL his fears. We also must bring all our fears and worries to the Lord, and we must leave them with the Lord. We must trust that the Lord will take care of our difficult circumstances in His perfect way. Psalm 34:5 tells us, "those who look to Him are radiant" with joy. Family care-giving issues and other life worries can seem so impossibly challenging. Yet when we keep our eyes focused on the Lord and on His promises, our fears and worries will slip away, and our joy and trust in the Lord will increase.
Psalm 34:6 goes on to tell us that David called to the Lord in his troubles. David knew that he had no resources in himself. David knew that he was totally dependent on the Lord. The Lord heard David's prayers, and He saved him from all his troubles. The Lord will also save and help us in times of trouble. In fact, Psalm 34:7 promises us that "the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them." The Lord's protective guidance and help is all around us each and every moment of our lives. The Lord tells us to to taste and experience His goodness and faithfulness. Blessed and joyful is the person who finds his or her refuge and strength in the Lord alone! God is with you each step of the way, dear caregiver!
When you are feeling overwhelmed with care-giving issues or one of life's other difficulties you need to trust the Lord, dear caregiver, and you need to stand in awe of Him. A child of God can trust the Lord completely, because Psalm 34:10b reminds us that "those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." Wow! What a promise!
When your heart is breaking the Lord hears your prayers, dear caregiver! Psalm 34:17-19 says, "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." A child of God may have many troubles in this life, but the Lord ultimately delivers in all circumstances and situations. Things may not turn out in the way we envisioned or hoped they would, but God is wise. We can trust Him. Even when the Lord took my husband to heaven six years ago in early January, God knew what He was doing and was fulfilling His promises.
Notice once again the world ALL is used. The Lord delivers us from ALL our troubles when we approach Him in faith. He does this in His perfect time and in His perfect way. Things will not be perfect until we reach our eternal home. In fact, the Lord promises us that we will have difficulties in this life. We can trust the Lord, however, to be with us all the way! He has His perfect plan for our lives, and no ultimate spiritual harm can ever come to a child of God!