Life is beautiful but life is also challenging. It is easy to forget how good God is especially when challenges and obstacles are thrown our way. In my walk with the Lord I have found that there has always been something specific for me to focus on in every season that would help me grow and thrive in my current circumstance. I often have to be intentional about focusing on what God has asked of me and not on issues and challenges surrounding me.
This season has been…..challenging. Naturally I am a strong and positive person and it is easy for me to rely on my own strength and form my own opinions about my current situation. The other day I was driving in my car dwelling on my current situation; my first mistake. I had been driving for quite a while when out of nowhere I heard God say “why don’t you sing a new song.” That got my attention pretty quickly, which God is great at doing! As I pondered in my heart I began to understand and take hold of what God was saying to me and it made perfect sense. I had been dwelling on my problem and repeating my frustrations in my head like a broken record. It was getting old and frankly it was not getting me anywhere. I will be honest and say that my natural tendency to be strong and positive had wilted away and I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to obey God. So I asked Him and His response was simple and sweet. He simply said, “worship me.” It seemed as though I had received my instruction for this season. In my mind it made sense to focus on the problem at hand with the idea that if I thought about it long enough I would come up with a solution. This is not the case. He has the solution to every problem we may face and worshiping Him brings peace, rest and instruction to our heart and mind. Worshiping Him makes us rise above our current circumstance and enables us to see from His perspective. His instruction to me has not been the easiest thing to achieve. I have found that my worship and meditation on Him has to be intentional. When I feel like my problems are overwhelming me and I feel like I can’t breathe, I remember what He said and begin to recall verses that lift up my spirit. Like these….
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, Psalm 103:1-2
Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! Psalm 98:1
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
These are just a few verses that open the doorways to worshiping Him and remembering His goodness. So I encourage you to open up your heart to the one who is good and loves you with an everlasting love. Worship Him, partner with Him and see from His perspective. Get your focus off of your problem and sing to Him a new song.