And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took a harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed and was well, and the evil spirit departed from
1 SAMUEL 16:23
A SPIRIT OF
GROUCHES AND GRUMBLERS
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who has encountered a grouch, a grumbler, or a killjoy personality when introduced to someone new. PLEASE, don't immediately judge them or write them off as someone you don't want to get to know!
Trudy (Not Her Real Name) seldomed smiled! If she was asked a question, she usually responded with short and curt answers as if she were in a hurry to end the conversation.
BOUTS OF DESPAIR AND DEPRESSION
After her first child was born, Trudy went through a bout of postpartum blues and a real case of depression that lasted for quite a few months. When her second child came along, the feelings of hopelessness returned.
From then on she felt discouraged all the time. Sometimes, in the middle of the night, a tormenting heaviness enveloped her. She told her husband that it felt like a blanket smothering her.
Her husband had realized that Trudy's curt and abrupt attitude had worsened with her pregnancies. He suggested she talk to their family doctor or her obstetrician about her rudeness and depression, which I'm pretty sure the medical professionals had picked up on to some degree.
Trudy did see her doctor and she was prescribed a few medications, and although they helped, the benefits were minimal. Trudy continued to have deep-rooted sadness and she had no idea of where it all came from.
A friend from Trudy's church felt led by God to approach the subject with her. She approached her with a humble spirit and understanding, explaining that when she had "times when her spirit was heavy," she would put on some good worship music.
She then said, "Trudy let's go to do lunch" and before Trudy could say anything, she continued, "come on, I'll get the baby and you walk the toddler, I'm sure they will enjoy getting a change of scenery also!"
At the restaurant, her friend also asked if she could take the children a couple of days a week giving Trudy some down-time. It was the very first time she had ever seen
DOWNTIME AND WORSHIP
Trudy took that downtime and put on some worship music, that evening life felt different, she found herself singing along with the music on the radio. Her husband came home to find his wife more joyful then he had seen her in a very long time!
My friends, we all get depressed and feel disheartened at times! And we too need a little encouragement and even a helping hand!
REACHING OUT TO THOSE WHO HURT
Our biggest problem -- WE DON'T REACH OUT TO OUR FRIENDS AND EXPLAIN HOW WERE FEELING!
When you come across a person who is curt and just plain rude, there is ALWAYS A REASON! It may be deeply rooted or it that person may just be having a bad day.
I would encourage you to reach out with a phone call, a card, a text, just something to let them know you care about them! It may be difficult for them to respond at first, but don't give up on them, PRAY for them!
Allow God time to work in their lives and just continue to show kindness and love... that costs you nothing but possibly a little time! Worship music is always a great way to reassure and boost a person's "spirit of heaviness!"
HOW WORSHIP MUSIC TO LIFT OUR SPIRITS
- Music helps us work through that heavy spirit
- It draws us closer to the Lord Jesus Christ
- It inspires creativity and positive thoughts
- Music can change the outlook of our day
- Music is said to affect your breathing
- Music can also help to reduce blood pressure
More Affects Of Music Tomorrow