The Cure for the Blues
I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. Psalm 104:33
Do you ever get the blues? Do you ever just feel blah, down, and a little frustrated with your life? Do you fall into the trap where everything seems so bland, tasteless, monotonous, and unexciting?
I think most of us can relate to the blues. Maybe you are in a blue mood right now. Maybe you have gotten knocked down by life and find yourself on the brink of depression (a blue mood gone amuck). What can be done? Is there a cure? Yes!
Psalm 104:33-34 gives us the key to defeating the blues:
“I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; as for me, I shall be glad in the Lord.”
God doesn’t want you to “sing the blues,” He wants you to “sing the blues away.” He wants you to open your mouth in praise to Him. He wants you to get your eyes off your depressing problems and on His matchless presence. No matter how “blue” your situation, God is still the awesome God who loves you and can work miracles on your behalf.
WHY SING PRAISES?
Why is there such great power in singing praise to God? The answer is found in Psalm 22:3 (KJV), “But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabits the praises of Israel.” God’s wonderful, awesome, life-changing presence begins to fill our “blue” mood when we make the choice to lift our voice in praise.
Perhaps you will remember these powerful lyrics from the song When You Praise the Lord.
When you’re up against a struggle that shatters all your dreams,
And your hope’s been cruelly crushed by Satan’s manifested schemes,
And you feel the urge within you to submit to earthly fears,
Don’t let the faith you’re standing in seem to disappear.
Praise the Lord, He can work through those who praise Him,
Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise.
Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you, serve only to remind you,
that they drop powerless behind you when you praise Him.
Will you take some time today to get alone with God and sing to Him? Find a great praise CD, one that gets your focus on the Lord and His greatness and power. Sing those praise songs back to Him. It will do wonders to cure your blues. Remember, your outlook will miraculously change if, if, if you direct your uplook to the Lord of glory who conquered death, hell, and the grave for you. His name is Jesus. Fix your eyes on Him, sing His praises, and say good-bye to the blues!
Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He and his wife Debbie have been married for over 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls. Jeff began From His Heart Ministries, a radio and television ministry, in January of 2005. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no salary from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast.