Psalm 63: How to Survive a Wilderness Season

Psalm 63

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:

  1. Keep your gaze on God (vs 2.)
  2. Remember the power of the Lord (vs 2.)
  3. Don’t stop worshipping in the wilderness (vs 3.)
  4. Remember that it is well with your soul (vs 5.)
  5. Verbally speak words of praise and joy – not grumbling (vs 5.)
  6. Guard your mind at night when you can’t sleep. Meditate on the Lord. Garbage in – garbage out. Gospel in – gospel out (vs 6.)
  7. Sing! Music is medicine for the soul (vs 7.)
  8. 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.)

Keep walking. This thing does not end here.

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Psalm 62: Hope in Him

Psalm 62

Misplaced hope always leads to disappointment. I don’t know about you but it seems I am having to continually relearn this painful lesson.

Hope placed in people is just a breath – a delusion.

Hope placed in things is temporary and vulnerable.

Hope placed in God – well, that hope is steadfast, sure, and unshakable.

👉 Where have you placed your hope?

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Psalm 61: Stay the Course

Psalm 61

When you feel:
• far away, isolated, alone
• weak, helpless
• low, lost, struggling
• desperate for God’s presence
• in need of God’s protection

You must remember:
• God has been your refuge
• God has been your strong tower
• God has heard you
• God has called you his own

Then, continue:
• praising him
• walking faithfully before him

Don’t give up. Take the next step. Do the next thing. Stay the course. You do not walk alone.

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Psalm 60: A Place to Flee

Psalm 60

My heart often aches for the people around me. So much suffering. Too much pain. Unspeakable loss. Bitter betrayal. And I want to close my eyes to it all but I can’t.

“You have made your people see hard things” (vs 3.)

God’s people were experiencing rejection, brokenness, devastation, and vulnerability. And it was much of their own doing.

And, yet, God is so merciful that he also provided a place for them to flee (vs 4.)

It reminded me of Paul’s words to the Corinthians.

And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Cor 10:13

Life is hard. Sometimes from our own doing and, other times, not. But we always have a refuge in the Lord. We have a place to flee when the world is overwhelming.

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The Narrow Gate

The gate is narrow.

The way is hard.

Few find it.

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

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