New Normal

🎶 As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee

You alone are my strength, my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee🎶

I don’t know about you, but this truth is being tested within my heart during this isolation.

Is He alone my heart’s desire?
Is He alone my strength?
Is He alone all I need?

This song is based on Psalms 42 which was written by a Saint during a time of deep depression. People asked him, “Where is your God?” His tears had become his food. Sadness flooded his soul. Yet, in the middle of his despair he declared, “I long to worship God.”

I keep hearing the term, “new normal”. Honestly, I refuse to accept this lifestyle as my “new normal”. I’m stubborn that way.

But what if a “new normal” is birthed from this. What if in the midst of our social-distancing, TP shortage, Live Streaming Church, grocery scarcity, we realized the lyrics to this song were true?

What if our “new normal” became desiring worship above all else.
What if our “new normal” became unprecedented intimacy with the Father.
What if our “new normal” became hearing his voice clearly.
What if the lyrics of this song became our “new normal”.

Friends, take vengeance upon this virus. Don’t let it win. Don’t let it steal your joy, your peace, your dreams. Exact vengeance upon it by going deeper into God, by spending time in His presence, by practicing hearing His voice, by praying dangerous prayers, by being grateful, by cultivating a “new normal” in Him.

Desiring God above all else – my new normal.

“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so I long for you, God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?

Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭42:1-2, 11‬ ‭CSB‬‬