Pastor Paul Conway
Updated: May 18
Psalm 42 is my first love from that book! Years before Bible “translations” & “Christian” musicians, the book of Psalms was always sung in the King James Version. “As the deer panteth for the water so my soul longeth after thee.” The psalmist sings a lesson for us to learn by their song; Our thirst for God is NOT noticed by His presence, but by His absence. There’s nothing wrong with admitting we are spiritually dry. This season is a social Sahara. While social distancing mitigates COVID-19, spiritual distancing promotes dehydration of our soul. It’s time to return to God in song…
How do I know my walk is dry? The psalmist sings it. A dry soul tries to quench itself with emotions and tears, My tears have been my food day and night. When that doesn’t work he strums up sympathy for setbacks, while they say to me all the day long, "Where is your God?” In a last-ditch effort, he tries to encourage his present despair with memories of God from his past mountain moments. “These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praises”. Tears can’t quench it, sympathy can’t satisfy it and when sentimental memories of God in the past outnumber your dreams and hopes of his refreshing in the present, the end is near.
How do you move from a dry place to a spiritual place in Christ? You tune your heart! "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God". The worst advice with the best intention is “follow your heart.” Feelings are a great servant but horrible shepherd. If the volume of your praise is the dial of your heart, you will only sing sad songs. Remember your God is above your situation. Stop tuning your soul to your circumstances and start singing to the God above them. Quit complaining over what’s wrong and sing with hope to the God that can make it right and righteous. Don’t follow your heart, lead it! “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God”
Change your tune from your circumstances to your great God and you will change your life. Sing praises! -Pastor Paul