Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How to Find Your Song


Monday we meditated and mused on verse 6, the last verse in Psalm 13. Today, we're going to look at the entire Psalm written by David. It came from a dark time in his life.

I think in the dark times, we write some of the most brilliant lyrics and compose the most thrilling melodies.

Here is the Psalm in the NKJV:

"How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?
 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
 Lest my enemy say,
“I have prevailed against him”;
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
 But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
 I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me."

Someone very dear to me said almost verbatim the words expressed in verse 1: "I ask God to show me He's real. But I get nothing. It's like He's hiding…or maybe He doesn't care at all."

Have you ever felt that way? Wondering where God is, as if He's hiding from you, as if you've been forgotten.

David says, "How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?"

I know from personal experience that when my heart is failing, giving myself solid counsel--trying to find something based on scripture is difficult.

Emotions become a tangled mess. Much like my loved one, who knows deep down that God is near. He never leaves nor forsakes us. Nothing separates us from His love. His thoughts toward us are so many--more than the sands of the sea. All good.

But when our hearts fail, when our soul feels alone and drowning, our thoughts stray. What we believe can become clouded if we let it.

The enemy dogs us, like David's enemy. Surrounding us. Taunting us. Vicious. Merciless. He uses anything and everything to tear us apart. Health, relationships, loved ones, finances…you name it.

David cries out and is in essence saying, How long? I don't know how much more I can take of this. Please hear me. Answer me. I need a word from you…I'm going to die if I don't. How much more can I handle? My heart says none.

But we can't give up.

David knew this. He needed to hear from God. The silence was enough to drive him to his grave. He didn't want his enemies to get the victory, but he was wearing thin.

And then we make it to the last verse. David remembers times past.

He has trusted in God's love, his mercy. He has been saved before, rescued, loved, taken care of, blessed. And he knows that God, even though He seems hidden and quiet, even though his enemy is all around, even though his emotions are messed up and his soul tortured…

God will come through.
God will rescue.
God will protect.
God will never leave.
God will never give up.
God is….

NEAR.

And that is reason to sing. 

Even in the dark times.
Especially in the dark times.


What will you sing today? Favorite hymn/chorus?



I will be singing this today: 

17 comments:

  1. Great song choice! It is so hard for me to remember He's near when He's so silent. That's when my faith truly gets tested b/c I'm believing without any sight OR feeling...just the utter belief that He's there. It becomes almost a desperate faith, and often I do find myself crying out to him in song or praise, just to remind us both that He's there:) One of my favorites right now is Great I am by PCD.

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    1. My husband always says and teaches, when your emotions are a mess, when your faith is shaky, you always have the facts. The facts are right there in the Word and they will carry you through those times. :) I love that. And so true.

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  2. Great post, Jessica! My favorite hymn is It is Well (with my soul). It just speaks of life and trust in God. No matter what happens in life...it is well with me soul. Forever and always.

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    1. That is one of my favorite hymns too. I love it sung by Kutless. Have you heard that one? So great.

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  3. I love "Never Let Go" by DCB! Usually when I'm feeling down, I'll turn on Pandora, go to my worship music channel, and just soak it in. One of the songs that really ministers to me is "Your Love Never Fails"--that may not be the title. :-)

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    1. I do know that song. By Jesus Culture and it is the title! That's an amazing CD! If you love them, you'll love Kim Walker-Smith's newest album.

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  4. Still singing "It Is Well" days after I heard it.

    Beautiful message today, Jessica!

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    1. I've found when I just bust out in a hymn, it's always It is Well. I especially love the story behind the hymn.

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  5. Beautiful post, friend. So good to remember He is faithful, even when we don't FEEL it.

    I'm with others: "It Is Well" is such a great hymn, as is "Great is Thy Faithfulness" and "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."

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  6. What soul-refreshing words today, Jess! In that time God was testing David, He was silent because that's what teachers do during tests. The same with us. God is always near! My song today is "Everything" by Hillsong. LOVE!

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  7. "I am not forgotten, I am not forgotten, I am not forgotten, God knows my name!"

    It's been cycling through my head all morning. Beautiful reminder today, Jess!

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  8. This is beautiful. Just what I needed to hear during a tough week. I visited my grandfather in the ICU yesterday. He was still on a lot of morphine and not making much sense, but he kept saying, "I release everything to the Lord. I release everything to the Lord." So that's my song today. "I release everything to the Lord."

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  9. Jessica, SO much truth and encouragement in this. Simply magnifying Him and who He is, WHERE he is (near!)... brings me to a place of worship. Thank you! It makes me think of one of my favorite song lines-- from the bridge of this song at about the 2:26 mark.... "teach my song to rise to you, when temptation comes my way." I love that thought. That He can remind us, teach us, to direct our songs-- the very songs He gave us-- to Him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-043_AMUcA

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  10. Wonderfully encouraging post today, Jess -- so honest.
    And yes, there are times when it seems like God has abandoned us, or at the very least, turned his back on us.
    We know it's not true, but it sure feels that way.
    When I can't sing or pray or talk my way out of my doubt ... that's when I turn on praise and worship music. I have CDs that are loaded with my favorites. One is Revelation Song by Kari Jobe. A new one is Worn by Tenth Avenue North -- and Susan Crawford introduced me to this song via her blog on Monday.

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  11. How Firm a Foundation is one of my favorites. "Fear not I am with you, O be not dismayed!"

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  12. Great post!! I listened to Everlasting God on my run today. It always fills me with JOY!!

    Praise God He is faithful even we are not. :)

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  13. I'm lucky - I never had a 'personal relationship' with God, and therefore don't have a profound feeling of loss when that's absent. But I do know that He exists.

    In those moments of absence I can fall back on logic - that there is enough prima facie evidence of His existence and love that I can rest assured that the problem is in my own perception, not in His 'performance'.

    As for a song - "This Is War" by Thirty Seconds to Mars. The chorus is bracing:

    "From the right, to the left,
    we will fight to the death,
    to the ends of the earth,
    it's a brave new world
    from the last to the first..."

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