To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. (Ps 25:1)
One of the strengths of the Psalms is their honesty. In the case of this passage, it is a statement of faith, trust and longing. There are so many things in our lives that can weigh us down. We yearn to have a sense of lightness; to be delivered from our cares and worries. When we are in difficulty, it is easy to feel alone. Faith tells us that we are never alone. Thus, we need to remember that we are always in God’s presence.
As young people can also feel weighed down by cares or worries, we can model to them as well as speak of the benefits of prayer and handing our problems over to God. Doing so does not automatically fix problems but by being less burdened, it can also help us to gain a fresh perspective. Young people will feel the longing to be less burdened; the trust and faith will follow – in God’s time.
Have a great week!