This week’s GodTracker
GOD-TRACKING IS CHASING AWAY THE BLUES
“I’ve heard it said that the psalms are packed with ‘the blues’. In one instance we read how the Sons of Korah wailed out to God that their souls were downcast. Yet, these bluesy psalms always end with hope and praise.”
I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints.
A while back I produced a 30 second radio spot called The Blues Breaker for a local radio station. The spot was designed to chase away the blues for those who felt down in the mouth on a Monday morning. One of these 30 second Blues Breakers went like this: “A Psalmist who had the blues once wrote, ‘Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?’ Sound familiar? Well this guy went on to say, ‘Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.’”
What has come to be known as the blues is a melancholic style of music with African American folk origin, typically in a twelve-bar sequence. It grew out of the rural slave communities of southern USA towards the end of the 19th century. Folk were forced to work the cotton fields in despair and dejection, longing back to families in their homelands from where they were kidnapped by slave traders. Understandably, this music was originally sad and depressive. However, today this style of music has developed into a legitimate genre known as rhythm and blues. I’ve heard it said that the psalms are packed with “the blues”. In one instance we read how the Sons of Korah wailed out to God that their souls were downcast. Yet, these bluesy psalms always end with hope and praise.
So, if you’re feeling a little down in the mouth today, allow me to share this psalm with you:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Now, ain’t that the good news?!
God-tracking is chasing away the blues
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SO, DON’T GIVE UP, LOOK UP & PRAY
I will continue to acknowledge you in all my ways and place my hope in the fact that you will direct my paths for your name sake
“Dear Lord, I’ll admit that I’m feeling a little blue today. Somehow things seem to be going wrong for me. I feel downcast in my soul and down in the mouth. But I know my hope is not in man or in circumstance. My hope is in you, alone. So, today I will not give up, I will look up into the wonderful secure face of Christ and place my hope squarely in you. Thank you that you are my shepherd and that you lead me beside quiet waters. Thank you that you restore my soul and guide me through that valley of the shadow. I praise you, Lord, because I know you have a plan for my life. Therefore, I will continue to acknowledge you in all my ways and place my hope in the fact that you will direct my paths for your name sake. Amen.”
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What is GodTracker?
GodTracker is a weekly e-mail devotional, written by Dudley Anderson, based on the premise that God has a plan for our lives. His Word calls us to seek his plan by acknowledging him in all our ways and by tracking his purposes, in faith.
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