1Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven. 2Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness! 3Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp! 4Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes! 5Praise him with a clash of cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals. 6Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord! ( Psalm 150:1-6) But first, just breathe.
I’ve never been a country music fan–mostly because I was never really exposed to it. Yet I did like and appreciate old-time Southern gospel music, I fact, the singing group I used to sing with, Faithful Men, featured a fairly large repertoire of the Southern Gospel sound in our two recordings. Then a few years ago, my nephew invited my wife and me to a country concert We loved it! So I began to check out different artists of that genre. Then I heard a line from a Faith Hill song that said, “Just breathe.” When the joy of love threatens to overpower you, just breathe so you can enjoy it. It also works when things are not so pleasant.
I remember back in the day when our church used to do annual original musicals. Our acting director would always loosen us up with breathing exercises. Breathe in calmness and breathe out tension (and pray that you remember your lines). Just breathe.
Life throws a lot at each of us. Sometimes what it throws sticks and we have a hard time getting rid of it. But remember, when life around you is at its worst, just breathe and have faith that God has everything under control. 21Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things (Ephesians 1:21-22)
When a relationship gets strained and seems to be falling apart and neither of you can forgive the other, , just breathe and give God a chance to speak peace into both your lives. Then remember let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is love (I John 4:7-11) and bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13)
Then the job situation puts you in such a financial bind that you don’t know how you can make ends meet, just breathe and remember that the earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. (Psalm 24:1)
When your or a loved one’s health fails, Just breathe and listen to David speak about the God, 3 who pardons all your iniquities, and who heals all your disease. (Psalm 103:3)
No matter what your problem is, take a step back and just breathe. As you breathe out tension and stress, and breathe in His Spirit, God will speak His Word in that still small voice. Then as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. (I Kings 19:11-12) Despite the turmoil Elijah felt and witnessed, God was there when he needed Him. He’ll be there for you, too. So take the time and just breathe.