Sometimes you’re in a battle, and sometimes you just feel like a weight is bearing down on you, immobilizing you. The King James Version of the Bible calls this a “spirit of heaviness.” The English Standard Version calls it a “faint spirit.” No matter the description that fits you best, our Savior has given us a great exchange. Michael W. Smith sings about it in his song, “Surrounded (Fight My Battles).”
Explore Isaiah 61 with me as put on the garment of praise in exchange for the spirit of heaviness.
Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
Write out Scripture
Speak Scripture aloud
Follow the cross-references
Make a list
Michael W. Smith’s reference to Isaiah 61 in the opening of his song
The terrible exchange of a spring of living water for a broken cistern in Jeremiah 2
The glorious exchanges listed in Isaiah 61:1-3
The proven battle plan of leading out in praise – 2 Chronicles 20
Putting on the garment of praise through singing, speaking, journaling, praying and remembering
Perhaps you are suffering from a faint spirit. Remember that Christ was anointed to bring you the good news and a gift…a garment of praise in exchange for your faint spirit. Read Isaiah 61 this week and explore all of the details it offers us while using the Episode 282 to give you the tools to do so. Put on the garment of praise this week. Ponder through singing, write out Scripture, speak out Scripture, incorporate Scripture into your prayers, and call out to God all that He has done for you.
Lingering in Psalm 148, Daniel 6, Jonah 2, and Isaiah 26
How could I miss that? The answer is usually because I’m not paying attention. Dennis Jernigan’s song, “Thank You, Lord,” might not be a new worship anthem, but it gives us a great structure to linger in some areas of Scripture we’ve covered in the past few weeks on the podcast. It will do our hearts good to go back over some ground we’ve covered to see if there might be something we missed that we can turn into thanksgiving to our God.
Try a new technique to tarry in God’s Word with new purpose.
One of my favorite names of God is El Roi — the God who Sees. While God’s sight is perfect, it’s our spiritual eyes that need attention. We’re going to talk about seeing God in everything using TobyMac’s song “Everything” as our inspiration and Scripture as our teacher.
I pray that your eyes will be opened to recognize the magnificent in the midst of the mundane.
Have you ever been in so much pain (physically or emotionally) that you practically howl? King David wrote what many theologians refer to as the “Howling Psalm” in Psalm 13. Shane & Shane has put this song of David to their own melody and titled it “Psalm 13” in their album of Psalms.
This song will help us meditate on this short and powerful Psalm this week.
How often have I tried to squeeze God into the smallest of boxes? One way to take Him out in our own minds is to fixate on His greatness. Natalie Grant’s song “King Of The World” points us to Scripture where we can be reminded of God’s greatness.
This week I hope to lead you through exercises that will keep God’s position in perspective.
Everyone expresses joy a little differently, but in my house everyone of the female variety tends to express it by singing at the top of their lungs! Jonny Diaz’ song “Joy” is the perfect song to belt it out and get inspired to read through (and pray through) a song in Scripture!
Let’s get energized and try something new as we head over to Psalm 47!
Exploring the Scope of God's Forgiveness in Psalm 103
If we fully understood the scope of God’s forgiveness, we would be more grateful and more gracious. That has been my personal challenge this week as I used Shane & Shane’s song, “That’s How You Forgive,” to explore just HOW God forgives.
Join me on this very powerful journey to explore the depths of God’s forgiveness and what it means to and for us.
Knowing Who God is in the Midst of Chaos in Psalm 46
The most compelling music in our lives often speaks to the deepest riddles of our soul. “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson speaks of various storms that have impacted all of us at some point or another. However, I believe the song’s greatest impact lies in the comfort it brings to those of us in the middle of our own storms of life. The lyrics bring comfort by proclaiming the presence and provision of God.
This song led me to the Psalms this week to seek confirmation of God’s character, promises, and presence in the middle of my own storms.
My favorite musical of all time is “My Fair Lady.” Sometimes I feel like Eliza when she sings, “Words, words, words, I’m so sick of words!” You may find that strange considering the number of words I speak and write each week. We are inundated with SO MANY WORDS every moment of every day, and God patiently stands in line waiting for us to listen to HIS WORDS. Third Day sings about God’s Word in the song “Your Words,” and we will use this song to inspire us to read God’s Word for ourselves.
God’s Words have a purpose and they will accomplish what God desires. It’s probably a good idea, then, to know God’s Words and their purpose. Let’s dive in!