Many Christian musicians do not get to church as often as we would like because of late night Saturday shows and travelling. This does not make us “bad” Christians, but it can tend to leave us feeling malnourished in our faith. We must become spiritually self-feeding, especially when there is no one else around to encourage us.
Here is an excerpt from The Christian Musicians Devotional to help us along that path.
Songs of Joy in the Wilderness
“You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.”
Psalms 63:5 NLT
This psalm was written when David was in the wilderness. Verse one describes it as “a parched and weary land where there is no water.” All too often, spiritual thirst and weariness are a part of our lives in the music ministry. The strain of people constantly expecting to receive from us when our own needs have not been met can be exhausting. Yet, we are expected to minister to others from this dry desert place. How can we help anyone when we are the ones who need encouragement and joy?
The key for David is to shift his focus from the dryness and weariness of the desert to the love, power and glory of God. This is such an easy concept, but most difficult to apply consistently in our lives. Often we get so far off track that we must completely stop what we are doing just to refocus. This battle can make us wearier than the desert. Then, as we look at our failure to keep our eyes on God, we can become disappointed with ourselves… and the downward spiral continues. But look at how David keeps his focus and his strength – praise with songs of joy, in the midst of the desert. Songs of joy, full of praise to God before leaving the wilderness desert keeps our focus on God so we can draw our strength from Him. Consistent songs of joy in the wilderness keeps us consistently strong and focused so we can minister to other people consistently. The joy of the Lord is our strength, no matter where we are in life.
Prayer: Father, I want to do Your will in my ministry, but sometimes it is too hard and I get so tired. Remind me, especially in those times, to sing songs of praise to you from my heart. Thank You for giving me Your love and the tools I need to stay focused on You so I can have the strength to love others.
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