Some of us freely express our emotions—both positive and negative—and some of us try to hide them. Nothing is wrong with having negative emotions. God created humans to be emotional, but the challenge comes with how we express ourselves in healthy ways. Grief, fear, anger, worry, and depression hit us all, and when they do, we must respond in ways that honor God. With this study, we’re going to examine six psalms that speak to our different emotions. While these psalmists were not hesitant to express their emotions, they directed their feelings toward God. Through their psalms, we discover how to convey our own emotions in a healthy, Christ-honoring way.
Session 1: Dealing with Grief
Scripture: Psalm 116:1-9,15-17
The Point: God responds to our sorrow with grace and compassion.
Session 2: Shaking Off Fear
Scripture: Psalm 91:1-6,9-16
The Point: God will take care of us no matter what we face.
Session 3: Celebrating Joy
Scripture: Psalm 95:1-3; Luke 2:4-14
The Point: We can experience great joy because Jesus saves.
Session 4: Redirecting Anger
Scripture: Psalm 35:1-3,13-18
The Point: Take your anger to God and leave matters in His hands.
Session 5: Overcoming Worry
Scripture: Psalm 23:1-6
The Point: God’s presence provides a way out of worry.
Session 6: Enduring Sadness
Scripture: Psalm 31:1-8
The Point: God lifts us up when we feel down.
Session 7: Created for a Purpose
Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-10
The Point: God values each of us and created us for a purpose.