This is not a study on the Book of Psalms, but this study captures the heart of the writers of the psalms. The emotions they capture find expression in many
circumstances of our lives. These emotions rose out of prosperity, adversity, defeat, and victory and include grief, anger, joy, worry, fear, and depression.
This study guides us in understanding how to direct our feelings toward God, just as the psalmists did.
Emotions, good or bad, should not go unchecked. Like the psalmist, we also deal with grief, anger, joy, worry, fear, and depression. This study will help us to gain the power we need to prevent these emotions from taking over our lives.
Probably, the most difficult emotion to deal with is grief. We lose family and friends to death. We lose spouses through death or divorce. We lose our
health. We lose friendships for various reasons. We lose jobs. These losses cause us to grieve deeply. Anger is another emotion that may be hard to deal with and control. Anger can destroy our relationships, affect our personalities, damage
how we are perceived, and change how we feel about ourselves.
The emotion that is a keeper on our list is joy. When one thinks of joy, happiness or the absence of sadness may come to mind. Happiness is based on circumstances, but joy that is discussed in the Bible is a state of emotional well-being.
The emotions of worry, fear, and depression will be dealt with separately in this study but can be considered together. Each one has the same outcome when allowed to rule our lives. We become less than God’s desire for us. God has a higher
purpose for His people, so He is faithful to help us take control of our emotions. Plus He uses our most painful times to draw us closer to Him.