Our team mentors Gary and Frances Green recently visited us. While they were here we went through different evaluations. One of the most important thing we did, however, was receive healing from the Lord from hurts over this past year. It’s interesting how things can build up within a person without them realizing their depth.
Frances has been going through the Psalms for years and has re-written some of them. She’s shared some with us before in the past, but the once we went through recently together seemed to hit a deeper chord within me. We shared a psalm medley for communal prayer, an invitation for the weary soul to rest (adapted primarily from Psalm 62 and 31), and a psalm of gratitude. With this last re-written psalm we had an exercise to make it more personal. We were asked to remember a time when we were in need or distress and how God delivered us from it and then write it like a psalm. Ironically, all of us wrote about something that took place within this past year.
I decided to share what I wrote. Psalms were written to be read allowed and shared. I figured mine should to. Frances named this psalm exercise “Pondering the loving deeds of the lord.”
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
His love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.
I had listened to the Lord and obeyed his call.
I left mother and father and country.
I entered a culture familiar yet foreign,
and tried to walk in his ways.
Every step I took, I slipped.
Every path before me was hidden.
My family grieved my choice.
My friend left me in my darkness.
I was drowning in my
I was alone.
Then I cried out to the Lord in my trouble,
and he delivered me from my distress.
The Lord called me once again.
“You must go deeper still,” he said.
He took me by the hand
and gently guided me in His ways.
My family found comfort.
My soul found new connections.
I was dancing in
I was free.
Let us give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
The Lord is good.
I encourage you to try this exercise yourself. The words in bold are what Frances wrote down and are reminiscent of the psalms. The words that aren’t bold are what I wrote. In the first non-bold section, write about a time of distress or need you experienced. In the second non-bold section, write about how God delivered you from it. Then share it with a friend.
For more incredible things, check out France’s blog here!