Friday, February 19, 2016

Bible Answers for Stress <> Part 1 of 2

Bible Answers for Stress <> Part 1 of 2
         Subtitle – How to Walk in God’s Abundant Life 
The 37th Psalm is meaty and saturated with answers to some of our most frustrating concerns in life.
The Passage begins with three BIG little words: “Do Not Fret.”
The New Living Translation says, “Do not trouble yourself”  <>  In today’s vernacular, we might say, “Don’t stress out!”

Dwell in the land--in the place--where the Lord has put you.
Verse 1 points to fretting over evildoers, but as we move through the chapter we see strategies to alleviate all kinds of fretting and stress.

Stress Reducers: 

1- Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb (Ps. 37:1-2 NKJV).
Whatever the situation, God’s got this. For details, read Psalm 37 in its entirety. You’ll find the outlook for evildoers is not positive.    

2- Trust in the Lord, (Ps. 37: 3a NKJV).

The more we trust is the Lord, the less we fret and worry. Therefore, we are more stable.  “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water ...” (Jeremiah 17:7-8a NASB).

3- Do good (Ps. 37:3b NKJV). 
When we do good things, the light of Christ shines in us. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NKJV).

4- Dwell in the land (Ps. 37:3c NKJV).   
If you’re in the place where God has put you, stay there and flourish. “So the Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he had sworn to give to their fathers; and they took possession of it, and dwelt in it” (Joshua 21:43 NKJV). 

5- Feed on His faithfulness
(Ps. 37:3d NKJV).
Eat it up!—when you see the faithfulness of God working in your life relish it.  Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 38:8). 

6- Delight yourself in the Lord  (Ps. 37. 4 NKJV).   
We need to take pleasure in our Lord. “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; Thereby good will come to you. ... 26 For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, and lift up your face to God” (Job 22:20 &26 NKJV).

SODon’t worry. Be happy. AND don’t be overcome with stress!  Because: “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!”  
                                                                 -Psalm 144:15b 
©Connie Wohlford 2016


  1. And all from just one Psalm. Much better than a daily Prozac...and much cheaper too!

  2. Yes, and these are just the first six out of twelve! Stop by on Thursday for the rest.

  3. I love this line: "If you’re in the place where God has put you, stay there and flourish." I hope to read the rest of your thoughts on the chapter, Connie!