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GOD-TRACKING IS CHASING AWAY THE BLUES
by Dudley Anderson
10/10/2014 / Devotionals
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10 October 2014
GOD-TRACKING IS CHASING AWAY THE BLUES
A while back I produced a 30 second radio spot for a local radio station called, The Blues Breaker. The spot was designed to chase away the blues of those who felt down in the mouth on a Monday morning. One of these 30 second Blues Breakers went like this: "A Psalmist who had the blues once said, 'Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?' Sound familiar? Well this guy went on to say, 'Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.' "
What has come to be known as the blues is a melancholic style of music with an African American folk origin, typically in a twelve-bar sequence. It developed in the rural slave communities of southern USA towards the end of the 19th century. Folk were forced to work the cotton fields in despair and dejection, longing back to families in their homelands from where they were stolen by the slave trade. Understandably, this music was originally sad and depressive. However, today this style of music has developed into a legitimate genre known as rhythm and blues. I've heard it said that the music of the psalms is packed with "the blues". We read one instance of this above where the Sons of Korah wailed to God that their souls were downcast. Yet, there is always expectation in the psalms of the blues as when we read that our God is always our hope!
So, if you're feeling a little down in the mouth today, allow this psalm to lift up your head and chase away those blues: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Now, ain't that good news?!
God-tracking is chasing away the blues
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Verse of the Week
I will praise you forever for what you have done; in your name I will hope, for your name is good. I will praise you in the presence of your saints.
Quote of the Week
Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes
"We can walk without fear, full of hope and courage and strength... waiting for the endless good which God is always giving as fast as He can get us to take it in." --- George Macdonald
Don't Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!
I will continue to acknowledge you in all my ways and place my hope in the fact that you will direct my paths for your name sake
"Dear Lord, I'll admit that I'm feeling a little blue today. Somehow things seem to be going wrong for me at the moment. I feel downcast in my soul. But, I know my hope is not in man or in circumstance but in you, alone. So, today I will not give up, I will look up into the wonderful secure face of Christ and place my hope in you. Thank you that you are my shepherd and that you lead me beside quite waters. Thank you that you restore my soul and guide me through that valley of the shadow. I praise you, Lord, because I know you have a plan for my life. Therefore, I will continue to acknowledge you in all my ways and place my hope in the fact that you will direct my paths for your name sake. Amen."
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Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Dudley currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker and complied 2 devotional books based on GodTracker. These are God-tracking Through the Year ï" year one & year two.
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