When you don’t know what to do, sing, worship.
More than a few of my friends are going through battles. They have lost loved ones, lost jobs, or are pushing past disappointment, disillusionment, discouragement, and even despair.
In the middle of all of our emotional, physical, and spiritual flack. It’s counterintuitive to sing and worship. Yet, our worship is our faith expressed. Worship lifts us, encourages us, and speaks to our soul. (Our mind, our will, and our emotions.) Even our lamentations expressed, somehow bring His life to help heal our wounded souls.
David was a man after God’s heart. He was a worshiper long before he was a leader. He knew the importance of singing to his soul. He wrote many Psalms during his highs and his lows. He worshiped in the messiness of his sin, in the beauty of his life, and in the darkness and grief of death. (Sometimes all of his emotional thoughts are expressed in one Psalm.)
Often David sang to speak to his soul. He sang “Bless the Lord Oh, my soul.”
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me (the good, the bad, and the ugly), bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits…(Psalm 103:1-2 NASB)
Sometimes when we go through trials we have a tendency to forget all His benefits. Worship is the spark to help us to remember.
Many years ago, I memorized Psalm 23.
I cannot tell you how many times I have meditated, prayed, or sang parts of Psalm 23, especially during my, “emotional can’t sleep, my mind moving faster than a freight train.” nights. Or during my, “sadness, fear, and despair” nights. Or during my, “you should’ve, you could’ve… you are an idiot, time to quit regret” nights.
Meditating through His Psalm helps calm my mind, and brings peace and perspective to my soul. At some point during my meditation I fall asleep. Most mornings I awake with a song in my heart. I then seek to find the song and play it throughout my day. I understand this morning wake up is the Holy Spirit speaking to bring comfort, or encouragement into my day.
Worship is faith set to music.
The Lord is my Shepherd. I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. (Hebrew beside waters of rest) He restores my soul.
He leads me into His paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. (I’m glad the righteousness I’m led into is His.)
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Or the valley of deep darkness)
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy (Your steadfast love) shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell (Or shall return to dwell) in the house of the Lord forever.
When you don’t know what to do…
When you don’t know what to do, let your worship begin to speak to your soul. He sees it all, knows it all, and understands everything about you… He is gracious and He is good. Take a deep breath and lean into His peace and goodness.
(If you need some help believing and to sing again, why not take small steps by planning a time to listen to a worship song which speaks to your heart.)