If you believe in the God of the Bible, you know it’s important to cultivate your relationship with him.
But it’s not always easy. Dry patches come and try to expand their real estate in your soul. And you’re not quite sure how to beat them back.
If you can relate to this, here’s some advice.
Did you ever injure your leg and need a crutch? Put quite simply, the crutch gives you stability you can’t give yourself while you regain your strength.
That’s like the Psalms in the Bible.
So here’s something I do to give me spiritual stability when a dry patch hits.
Find a powerful psalm, maybe Psalm 51, 23 or 121. Then read through one or two verses at a time, then pray based on what comes to mind.
Here’s an example from Psalm 121:
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Stop there. Since it starts with an acknowledgment that all help comes from God, praise and thank him for the help he gives you in your own life. Then go back to the text:
“He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber…”
This verse is about God protecting and watching over you. So thank God very specifically for how he is protecting and watching over you. Then go back to the text.
Do you see how it works?
Dry patches are normal. They don’t mean you’re inadequate. They mean you’re human. So one simple-yet-powerful tip is to use the psalms as a crutch. Read, pray, repeat.
The psalms give you stability you couldn’t give yourself, just like a crutch, while you regain your strength.
By Matthew Ruttan
- If you’re wondering what’s coming up next in the “Does God Even Exist?” series at Westminster, read more about this Sunday here.