Spiritual Editorial: Deliver Me | Faith

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? This is perhaps a silly question to ask after the past few years that we have lived as individuals and as a nation. You may be reading these words and thinking, “Who doesn’t feel overwhelmed?

Sometimes people may think that as a pastor I am safe from feeling overwhelmed. Some put pastors on pedestals and think we are people who can overcome the struggles and “things” in life, but the truth is, we are not. Like everyone else, I am a human being and therefore, like everyone else, the brokenness of this world can weigh me down and overwhelm me.

When this happens, I have learned what to do. First, I need to find time to be alone with God. For me, the best way to do that is to go for a run. When I run, I can focus on being with God and listening to his voice. More and more lately I tend to retreat to the trails as I like to be away from even cars and houses. Usually after a good run I put worries and cares aside with a time of prayer and I can be myself again.

However, a few weeks ago, after a run, I was still struggling to hear God’s voice and let go of the cares of the world. As I sat in my car trying to warm myself up, I prayed for God to speak to me. Turning to music, I was drawn to a song based on Psalm 23 that I first heard a few years ago: “I Shall Not Want” written by Audrey Assad and Bryan Brown. As I sat in the car, listening to the lyrics, I felt God speaking to me, releasing me from the burden I felt and reminding me that he was with me, giving me strength and providing for all my needs.

Maybe you are in a season right now where life feels overwhelming. If you’re not now, you probably will be in the future. I encourage you to read these lyrics and maybe search for the song. It is a great prayer and a reminder that even when life gets overwhelming, we have a God who can meet our needs and provide for us.

“I don’t want to”, written by Audrey Assad and Bryan Brown.

Reverend Robert Rice, Pastor, Muncy Baptist Church, an American Baptist Church, 11 W Penn Street, Muncy, PA 17756, muncybaptistchurch.org.

From the love of my own comfort

From the fear of having nothing

Of a life of worldly passions

Deliver me, O God.

Of the need to be understood

Of the need to be accepted

From the fear of being alone

Deliver me, O God.

And I will want for nothing; I would not

When I taste your goodness, I will lack nothing.

Fear of serving others

From fear of death or trial

From the fear of humility

Deliver me, O God.

No, I will not fail; I would not

When I taste your goodness, I will lack nothing.

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