Sunday, July 7, 2019

Devotional: Psalm 34 and Anxious Fears

When Fearful Thoughts Come

I bless God every chance I get;
my lungs expand with His praise.

I live and breathe God,
if things aren't going well, hear this and be happy:

Join me in spreading the news;
together let's get the word out.

God met me more than halfway,
He freed me from my anxious fears.
Psalm 34:1-4  (The Message)

Everyone has anxious thoughts from time to time. Whether it's concern over finances, family, health, jobs, the state of the world or something else, worry is a common affliction in our world. When worrisome anxious thoughts assail us, Psalm 34 is a great reminder to us that God is with us in all times and situations. He works on our behalf to calm our fears and anxieties if we rely on Him. I love the idea of not only living God but breathing God. Have you ever heard of a "breath prayer?" I have recently been reading about how to pray breath prayers. It can be as simple as breathing in while praying "Jesus" and breathing out while praying "give me peace."  Try it and you will be amazed at how calming breath prayers can be! Breath prayers don't have to be about anxiety. They can be praise prayers as well. For instance breathing in while praying "Praise to you" and breathing out while praying "Lord Christ."  Give breath prayers a try and experience Psalm 34's recommendation to "live and breathe God!"



Karen said...

This is a new concept for me, thank you Debbie! I'm going to try this. I have a real problem with anxiety and your suggestion sounds like a way to return to peace in those difficult times. So glad you mentioned this!!

Debbie Styles Life said...

I'm so glad this is helpful to you, Karen! I find breath prayer to be helpful, too!

Sharon said...

I read about this a couple of years ago. It works for me even sometimes when I find it hard to fall asleep.

DebbieInGeorgia said...

God has always got us, when dealing with anxiety sometimes we forget that. Thanks for the reminder :D

Clearissa said...

I am going to have to try this technique Debbie. TFS