…failing upward and my favorite verses…

Things are hectic this morning. I say this as someone who is very much a “single tasker”. Some people would scoff at my morning, bellowing out ridicule at my trouble with keeping multiple plates spinning. And that’s fine, you people, whoever you may be, generally can’t sit still in quiet rooms (or at least that is my experience with you multi-tasker types), so enjoy your noisy life.

But, stone throwing aside, I found myself re-quoting one of the psalms I read this morning. Psalm 73:25-26 is likely my favorite text in all the Bible. I know there are a great deal of scriptures in the New Testament that are beautiful and sweeping and glorious, but this little two verse burst has always resonated with the rhythm of my soul in a way that is unique.

Psalm 73:25-26

Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

In the hectic and frenetic movements of my morning I found myself alone in a large room replacing some things from some work that had been done last week and I thought of the psalm and I began to sing a little. Nothing complex or deep, just the first song that came to mind. And the beauty of the psalm was released for me. I found that in that song I was acknowledging both my inability to hold my patience and focus together, and my assurance that God could.

In that moment of under-the-breath praise and worship I knew that I was singing because my flesh had failed, but also I knew that regardless of my weakness, God was my portion, my supply, my storehouse, my underpinning, my foundation, my strength, and the peace of my mind.

I don’t always have ultra spiritual experiences when I sing, sometimes I think God would like me to be a little more concerned with pitch and melody, but this morning He  used the song as a doorway into my conscious existence, into my mind and heart, and brought His serenity.

So, if things are a bit stressful for you, try singing. If the pace of things or the weight of things has gotten out of control there may be some benefit in a taking a moment to recalibrate your focus. I’m not saying that singing is a silver bullet, guaranteed to knock out all of your problems (or your money back), but I will confidently say that focusing on God, however that happens for you, and through whatever vehicle you are comfortable with, is the most efficient and effective way to gain perspective in any situation. It worked for me

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