by Pastor Nathan Anenson
Music matters. It needs to fit the moment. You don’t work out to elevator music. You don’t have a romantic dinner with heavy metal music. It doesn’t work. So when it comes to the challenges, joys, frustrations, and disappointments we face, the music needs to fit the moment.
Not just any song will do. There are certain songs that are special. They connect with our souls in ways we can’t explain.
There is a set of songs that have stood the test of time in doing just that. Even though they are 3000 years old, they continue to speak with fresh and timely lyrics.
They are called the Psalms. This collection of 150 ancient songs in the Bible are particularly meaningful these days considering everything we’ve been through recently and all that we are continuing to endure.
Think about this: what is one word to describe what you have been feeling recently? Sad, joy, frustrated, tired, angry, overwhelmed, confused? Whatever you have been going through, there’s probably a Psalm for that. For example:
- Afraid? Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”
- Tired? Psalm 6: “Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish.”
- Thankful? Psalm 100: “For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
- Depressed? Psalm 13: “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.”
- Overwhelmed? Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”
Sometimes what we need is to have someone put words to what’s happening inside of us. This helps us know that we are not alone. That’s what the Psalms do. They give us perspective; they give us hope. Ultimately, they point us to the One who is Hope—Jesus. I encourage you to find the lyrics you need in the Psalms.
Join us for worship in July to experience God speaking to you through these Psalms of Summer!