Relentless Pressure

Ever feel like everyone is against you? Do the pressures of life often feel relentless? When I feel this way, I feel tension that usually shows up in the form of anxiety, muscle knots, headaches, stomach distress, and fatigue.

I’m learning to refocus on God when I start feeling this way. In fact, I’m memorizing a couple of verses from Psalm 56 to help with that focus.

“But when I’m afraid, I put my trust in you. O God, I praise your word. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4, and repeated in vv. 10-11)


Reading through all of Psalm 56, I realize my part in the process also involves purposing to:

  • Be focused.
  • Be obedient.
  • Be thankful.
  • Be encouraged.

In other words, I can tell my fear and the resulting tension that there’s no reason to feel the way I do. I can reassure myself that God has everything under control. Simply doing that, especially when I back it up with his word, relieves my tension.