This psalm was written by David “when he was in the wilderness.” Imagine the scene with me: David is seeking, thirsting, feeling faint, dry, and weary (vs 1.) Who can relate? 🙋♀️
We are all familiar – perhaps, all too familiar – with the wilderness seasons of life. If this morning finds you there – feeling faint, dry, and weary – I pray you find comfort in the sweet words of the psalmist.
HOW TO SURVIVE A WILDERNESS SEASON:
Keep your gaze on God (vs 2.)
Remember the power of the Lord (vs 2.)
Don’t stop worshipping in the wilderness (vs 3.)
Remember that it is well with your soul (vs 5.)
Verbally speak words of praise and joy – not grumbling (vs 5.)
Guard your mind at night when you can’t sleep. Meditate on the Lord. Garbage in – garbage out. Gospel in – gospel out (vs 6.)
Sing! Music is medicine for the soul (vs 7.)
Don’t let go. God has got you (vs 8.)
The Lord will – not just sustain – but satisfy you as with rich and fat foods (vs 5) even in a wilderness without a drop of water (vs 1.)
I couldn’t help think about this after this morning’s sermon.
It’s narrow and hard and not popular.
If I find myself not fitting in or having to say “no” to good things in order to say “yes” to God things.
If I find myself in a difficult place – and wondering why life can’t be a tad easier.
If I look around and wonder where everyone else is and why the crowd so often seems to go another way.
If the way I’m traveling seems a bit narrow and hard and unpopular – maybe, just maybe, I don’t change a thing about what I’m doing. Perhaps, I don’t pray for a sudden change in circumstances but for the strength to simply stay the course.
For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:14