He continuously said phrases like, “Oh Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise” (Psalm 51:15); “Make me to hear joy and gladness” (verse 8); “I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever” (Psalm 52:8); “I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace to his people” (Psalm 85:8); and “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, for the help of his countenance” (Psalm 42:5).
Once I understood the spiritual implication of the attack against me and the purpose of it, the book of Psalms became an outlet for me. The words David spoke came alive as never before. I spoke some of these same words to God for my very life, just as David did.
Notice that, in every Scripture I just gave, David was taking control of his emotions. It didn’t matter who was wrong or right in the circumstance he was dealing with. What mattered was how David himself would deal with it. The trouble outside of him was bad enough; he couldn’t afford to cave in with it. David had enough wisdom to know the trouble would pass. He could take his experience and live in bitterness or move on into wisdom and strength. We can see from his life that he chose the latter.
Roberts Liardon tells us that the situation you may face today is much the same. We all face emotional attacks. The point is to understand the purpose and goal of the enemy. Once you understand according to the plan of God for your life, you are in position to make your emotions line up to the Word of God. You can easily open anywhere in Psalms and read the correct response to a vexing attack. As you read these psalms, begin to express them with your own cry to God. Before long, your emotions will silence themselves and your spirit will take supremacy.
Roberts Liardon tells us that when that happens, what you see will no longer move you. If your emotions try to tempt you, line them up with your spirit man. The enemy will have no doorway to your emotions if you seal them with the Word of God.