Psalm 41-43

So many verses from today’s chapters remind me of some of my favorite worship songs.

“Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live. There I will go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy. I will praise with my harp, O God, my God.” 43:3-4

Today I inadvertently watched the news (why can’t the Animal Planet be aired at the gym in the mornings? Just wondering.) Mostly post-election coverage. A story about a man fighting for his life in the ICU after being hit by a car and left for dead in the street. Another about a women and children’s shelter that was robbed of precious donated resources last night. Typical rate-raising stories that prompt fear and discouragement. I cast my eyes down at my phone instead and read the psalms.

Whoever wrote Psalm 43 was greatly distressed, weighed down my oppression and grief. Yet still they praised God, claimed him as their only safe haven.

When your job is hard, when your kids wear you down, when your relationship is strained, when your body is failing, when your heart is burdened, pause and worship. God is available to be our exceeding joy, no matter the circumstances!

Never underestimate the power of a singing along to a few of your favorite worship songs. As you wash dishes, with headphones at your desk or in your car. It’s a great way to reset your heart. My go-to these days are an old hymns playlist, Josh White or JJ Heller. What about you?

 

-Carly

 

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