Have you lost the song in your heart? Difficult times have a way of crushing our spirit and we find ourselves feeling melancholy and sad. Instead of giving in to these feelings and allowing them to dominate us, we should take note of what David said when he was feeling distressed and oppressed.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him (Psalm 42:11 ESV).
Finding the song in our hearts
Some days it is hard to find the song in our hearts. But the song is there in the deep recesses of our being and we do well to push aside all the depressive moods to allow it to rise within us.
We can’t control everything that happens in our days, and people may annoy us and circumstances may be adverse. Too often we find being cranky and testy the easiest option to choose. It’s a habit we need to break if we want to live in a peace-filled environment.
If we want our song to surface cheering our hearts and the atmosphere around us we need to take charge, with God’s help, of our emotions.
Listen for God’s Song
Life may have dealt you a heavy blow and because of sadness, or grief or disappointment, the song in your heart has been silenced. Perhaps for weeks….even months. At these distressing times we may need to quieten our troubled hearts, find that still place, and just listen to the song that God sings over us.
Oh yes, God does sing over us. He rejoices over us with gladness, he quiets us by his love; he exults over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17 ESV).
In those seasons of weeping and deep sorrow we can rest in the arms of our loving heavenly Father and listen to his song of comfort. As we tune into God’s song over us, our hearts are comforted as he quiets us with his love. Before long we find our own song rising in response….. Maybe hesitantly at first, but nevertheless rising.
Whatever the circumstances of life today, let us not give in to pessimistic feelings, but push through to find our song. Slipping into easy conversation with God feels like a warm hug. And before I realise it I find the tension easing and a song stirring in my heart.