Have you ever had one of those weeks? days? years? You know, where nothing seems to be going the way that you think that it should? Round 3 of chemo? Covid interrupts? People are just plain mean? Justice is perverted? Loneliness lurks? Opportunities are withheld? Death steals a child? Fill in the blank.
“Take a deep breath, Feel like your choking? Everything is broken,” Bob Dylan said. It’s been like that a little this week–literally and spiritually. For the physical side, the prescription is albuterol. For the spiritual choking? Take the Psalms, regularly and deeply.
“I’m praying Psalm 62:5 for you,” my pastor texted.
For God alone, oh my soul, wait in silence
for my hope is from Him.
God alone–not collaboration, not health, not opportunity, not quarantines or marriage, a juicy burger or the justice system–in God alone is my hope. And my soul knows it full well.
And then came this gift, the first song from a new Sovereign Grace album Unchanging God: Songs From the Book of Psalms, Volume 1 coming out this spring. Watch this, let these words infect your heart today.
Can we celebrate together? In the midst of broken bodies, relationships, of a broken world, we have a Savior who is a strong foundation, a castle of surety. Enemies are shaken off, and the child of God can stand firm, confident that He is who He says He is and will do what He has promised. Wealth deceives.
Mantras of self-worth or independent strength are useless chatter–God alone generously pours out His Spirit to guide His people through the valley of the shadow.
God’s chesed, His lovingkindness is real. In spite of my being broken (or my breaking things), the Merciful God has invited me to his rock-solid fortress, and that’s where you’ll find me. Let’s go together!