All the Feels | Day One
By: Taylor Cage | God Cares About Your Emotions
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When I run to the Word of God, I usually flip straight to the book of Psalms. Through overwhelming days and seasons, there’s something so comforting about reading the prayers and hymns of the psalmists who took their feelings straight to God and turned them into worship.
We all know life is full of emotions. Especially through middle and high school, there will be many days where feelings of all sorts threaten to overwhelm you. Thankfully, you don’t have to deal with them on your own. The Bible has plenty to say about the emotions you experience day-to-day and it’s full of other people who’ve felt what you’re feeling. Through every emotion that you experience, the Bible has something to say about it.
I used to believe God didn’t care about my feelings. I used to think He was only concerned with my conduct and my obedience. I used to feel like God was disappointed in me when I wasn’t feeling constant happiness as a believer. But thankfully, I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Now, thanks to the book of Psalms and learning more about God’s character through His Word, I know the truth: God cares about our feelings.
Let’s see what the Lord thinks of our emotions in 1 Peter.
READ 1 Peter 5:6-7.
Why does Scripture tell us to cast our anxiety on God?
Why do you think our feelings matter to God?
Our feelings matter to God because we matter to God. God cares about our feelings because He loves us and cares about us. He is a good Father who is compassionate toward His children. Assuming God doesn’t care about our feelings doesn’t line up with who God has made Himself known to be.
That’s why, over the next two weeks, we’re going to study the book of Psalms together. We will look at eight different psalms addressing eight different, yet familiar emotions. The book of Psalms is so useful to us as believers because it’s a real example of how to bring overwhelming emotions to God through prayer and song in every season and circumstance of life.
The eight emotions we’re going to cover over the next two weeks are happiness, anger, sadness, guilt, shame, loneliness, fear, and worry. (You might notice we’re not covering things like joy, love, or peace. These attributes are listed in Scripture as Fruits of the Spirit and not feelings. While we often refer to them as emotions and things that we feel, Scripture puts them in a separate category. They are given to us by the Holy Spirit and are not subject to change based on circumstances!)
So before we begin our study, let’s go over some history and background of the book of Psalms!
WHO: The Old Testament book of Psalms is comprised of different prayers and songs written by different authors over a lengthy period. One of the most prominent authors of the book is David, but there are others who authored psalms as well.
WHEN: Psalms were written from the time of Moses to about the sixth century BC, possibly later. However, for many of the psalms, we don’t have a location of where they were composed.
The book of Psalms is made up of 150 different psalms, making it the longest book in the Bible! That being said, we’re definitely not going to make it through every chapter in this study. Instead, we’re going to be jumping around throughout the book. If you want to read through the whole book, an easy way to start is by reading one Psalm a day.
Starting tomorrow, we will pick up with our first emotion and correlating psalm. But before we do so, pause right now to ask God to prepare your heart for the next couple of weeks. Take some time to pray for these things specifically:
Pray for God to teach you how to handle your feelings and emotions in a way that honors Him and brings Him glory.
Pray He would reveal Himself to you and teach you new things about His character through the book of Psalms.
Pray for God to give you a heart of worship as you consistently see the psalmists taking their feelings and turning them into worship.
Finally, end your time with God by journaling some of the most predominate feelings and emotions that you’ve had on your heart lately. Ask God to begin softening your heart in those areas already.