Yaditza Irizarry on the Spiritual Balm of the Bible

Yaditza Irizarry, a writer, educator and housewife who is passionate about biblical application and health, is a member of the Southern Baptist Hispanic Leadership Council. She has a master’s degree in theological studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State. She and her husband Ariel, director of training for LifeWay Global, have two children, Johann Esteban and Josiah Ariel.


An unexpected spiritual balm. That is what God’s Word is for me nowadays.

I was meditating and journaling about Psalm 11 and, upon finishing, I felt as if the most soothing spiritual ointment had reached down to my itchy, achy soul to bring comfort and relief.

Interestingly, I didn’t even know I needed to be comforted in such a way, as everything in my life and family had been going great — meaning, dealing with the daily mundane.

However, I also had become burdened and discouraged by the ramping wickedness in this world, especially recent deconversion stories of “former Christians” and the folly of quarrels in social media among “Christians.” In fact, I had recently taken a break from social media because I just couldn’t bear one more deconstruction story or another epic clash amongst “Christians.”

So there I was the other day, sitting on my couch, doing my quiet time couch and meditating on Psalm 11, especially verses 3-11:

“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.”

This part stood out from the psalm so I proceeded to inquire about the context and how it applied to me on that day.

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Source: Baptist Press