Stress Relief - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Stress Relief
April 2, 2020

Read Psalm 23:1-3
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.”

What other benefits does God provide in these verses? How does the image of God in these verses contrast with other popular images of God?

You're in your car. Suddenly, your pulse is racing, your breath is coming in gasps--you feel like you're about to die. Was it a car accident? No, you haven't even left the driveway yet. This is a panic attack.

Many people experience regular panic attacks, while many never have them. For those who haven't experienced them, basically it's like a strong physical reaction to fear when there's nothing around to be afraid of.

Doctors aren't quite sure on the exact causes of panic attacks. It could be biological, maybe hereditary, or environmental (stress levels). It's probably a bit of all three. For treatment, certain prescription drugs can address the symptoms, and other relaxation techniques can help reduce the severity and frequency of the attacks. So, where does the Bible come into all of this?

Long before the doctors at the Mayo Clinic could put down their ideas for reducing stress, David wrote down God's way.

The Bible doesn't say why David wrote Psalm 23, but it's not hard to imagine David saying these words over and over to himself in a particularly stressful time. Look at verses 1-3.

David reminds himself that God is watching after him, and that he has everything he needs. He goes on to imagine himself being led by God in green pastures and relaxing by peaceful streams. It's interesting that many modern techniques for reducing stress involve relaxing your body and imagining yourself in peaceful surroundings. But remember, God said it first!

But these aren't just mind tricks, they're truth. Because if you've trusted Christ as your Savior, He really is your shepherd. He really does provide what you need. He really does calm your fears, renew your strength, and guide you along the best path for your life.

God knew that some days stress would overwhelm you. That's why this Psalm is in the Bible. To remind you of the facts when you just can't think straight. And thousands of years later, modern medicine has yet to find a better way than what God prescribed.

Lord, thank You for caring about every detail of my life. Help me to handle the stresses I encounter every day. Help me to find peace in You. Amen.

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a year ago
“...for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me” always gave me assurance of the Lord’s presence when I feel alone, anxious or sad. I recite this great Psalm and finally put it to memory by saying it over and over. Psalm 23 has saved my life ,Thank you Jesus my Savior.
a year ago
I love watching eating and making nests for their young. They take care of business. God is watching over them. Think about them next time a panic comes
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a year ago
Psalm 23:4 Says: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me." Life is walking through pics and valleys. I don't camp in the valley, I walk through with the Help of The Lord holding me with His strong right Hand. In John 16:33 The Lord says: "I have told you these things so that in Me you may have Peace. In this world you will have troubles, But take COURAGE; I have overcome the world." Amen!
a year ago
Psalm 23:1-3 Jesus is our Shepherd; the Lord is our shepherd he satisfy, lie us down by the quiet streams of water to calm us down he leads us to the path of righteousness.
a year ago
I was just reading this morning in the gospel of Matthew chapter 6 verse 25 through 34 especially verse 34 "do not worry about tomorrow , for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Having Joy is a choice for this is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it he's giving you a new day rejoice it could be a lot worse because you could have no hope Jesus could have never came but he did and he made a way for us to enter in and enjoy his glorious presence
a year ago
God is my shepherd!
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