So do not fear for I am with you, be not dismayed
So do not fear for I am with you, I am your God.
I lift my eyes to the mountains
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord…
The maker of heaven and earth.
I have a different style for you today. My daughter heard this on the youth retreat she recently attended. I’m new to David Baloche, so I decided to look him up.
“The Labyrinth project isn’t an escape; it’s an encounter… with one’s self and with God,” says David Baloche, a New York City based artist and high school teacher. “It is a sonic labyrinth, a song experience to prepare for scripture and worship, as if to say, ‘pay attention, we’re headed for something deeper’.”
Unpacking the project’s title, he adds: “Labyrinths were placed outside medieval cathedrals to provide passage from the outer world to the inner sanctum, from the profane to the sacred. They were also placed on the flyleaves of ancient manuscripts to symbolize entry into scripture, to be the gateway into the biblical text. The labyrinth is the symbolic manifestation of God’s command to Moses, ‘Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground’.” (News Release Today)
His music is definitely meditative. If you are looking for something soothing to listen to for mediation, or when you’re being creative, this is a good choice.
If you are a new reader, on Mondays I do a Music Monday post. In my Music Monday posts, I’m usually pretty meditative, reflecting on the words of the song and scripture within the song or related to the words in the song. It’s a place to come each Monday and kick the week off on the right foot, with the right focus. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” Colossians 3:23.
So do not fear for I am with you, be not dismayed…..
There’s that word again, Fear. This is the thing that God is trying to get to in me…. This is what I am learning to let go of. But it still lingers. I know, it’s part of the way we’re made, a form of protection for us. But, left unchecked, it can become paralyzing. It can get into your relationships, and your daily tasks.
Fear casts a shadow on an otherwise sunshiny day..
What am I afraid of? The Bible clearly says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6. But, I am afraid. I am afraid a lot. And that fear comes from pain. Pain of losing my relationship with my mother, pain of losing my cousin, pain of losing my trust in the people around me, the pain of loss. There is a lot of loss in this life, and it’s very hard for me to reconcile that with still being willing to put my heart out there.
“Perfect love casts out all fear”- 1 John 4:18
So do not fear for I am with you, I am your God….
Most of where my fear comes from has to do with perspective. Yes, the devil prowls around like a lion, waiting for something to devour. We had a little of that in my household this week. We had to go through some serious heart issues with a couple of my kids. Sometimes it feels like just as soon as we get running smoothly, something happens. I spent some time being dismayed this week, and being fearful.
God reminded me that when we face trouble, when the enemy is prowling around, it is because He has big plans for our life. It could be that we are about to have some sort of breakthrough that will bring us closer to God, or bring someone else closer to God. If the enemy is prowling around, giving us his attention, there must be a reason. And, God can use whatever he does for the glory of God and the good of His people.
The beginning of that passage of scripture says so much;
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.- 1 Peter 5:8
If you are not alert, you won’t see where the enemy is prowling around. Seeing the enemy prowling requires us to be watchful and vigilant. It requires us to not put our heads in the sand. It requires us to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and sometimes, it requires us to face things we don’t want to face.
I lift my eyes to the mountains-where does my help come from?
Does my help come from other people? Do I rely too much on the opinions, or directions of others?
My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.
God does His best work when we’re looking into the mirror of our soul, facing our demons, facing our shortcomings, facing our sin. When we are in that quiet place with God, we are safe to be truly free. We can truly work out the broken pieces of ourselves, because we aren’t telling Him anything He doesn’t already know. Whatever trouble you find yourself in- be it intentional, or not, He already knows, and wants to love you through it.