Andrea Olson is a worship leader, recording artist, coach and founder of Overflow Worship, a ministry for Worship Leaders and entire teams. Andrea (with family in tow) travels the Midwest leading worship, training teams and equipping church leaders with practical tools to thrive in ministry. Andrea continues to release new songs for the church to sing and new resources on overflowresource.com, which she started in 2020, to help churches train their leaders and worship teams.
This blog in the Gratitude Series was written from the heart of worship leader and Overflow Resource founder, Andrea Olson.
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This week’s key term is PURPOSE. Taking time to pause and refocus is so important. But why do we take time to pause and refocus? Well, I choose to pause and refocus to purpose and quiet my heart. I take this time to reflect on the past week and specifically think about the things I can be grateful for and then shift my thinking into the coming week and think about things to be grateful for in the next week.
As I was thinking and praying about what to share, a passage came to my mind. Psalm 121. Take a look at this passage in the New International Readers’ Version (NIRV) because it simplifies the words and is a great way to kickstart our thinking.
1 I look up to the mountains.
Where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord.
He is the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He won’t let your foot slip.
He who watches over you won’t get tired.
4 In fact, he who watches over Israel
won’t get tired or go to sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you.
The Lord is like a shade tree at your right hand.
6 The sun won’t harm you during the day.
The moon won’t harm you during the night.
7 The Lord will keep you from every kind of harm.
He will watch over your life.
8 The Lord will watch over your life no matter where you go,
both now and forever.
I love this! It’s straight forward, needs no further explanation, and is peace giving. It’s a great picture of the Lord’s love. The reminder that is so evident to me is, He truly is with us through all things, no matter the circumstance. He is near and watching over us. I love how it says, “He won’t let your foot slip. He who watches over you won’t get tired.”
I think all of us can relate in feeling tired and weary sometimes. I know this happens to me, more than I would like to admit. But God is above our human capabilities, he never tires or sleeps.
Pause, refocus, and dwell on this for a moment.
Something I am choosing to be grateful for is “He who watches over me doesn’t get tired.” Even when I’m tired and feel like I can’t go another step. Even when I’m annoyed or frustrated, the Lord is gracious and merciful. He is “like a shade tree at your right hand” (V.5) What a beautiful picture. In seasons where attacks seem to be penetrating on every side, the sun is scorching and we need relief, the Lord is our shade tree. When feelings and emotions are seemingly out of control and taking us on a roller coaster ride, the Lord is there watching over us. If you are finding yourself in that hard place, go to the source of truth. Read Psalm 121 and let it wash over and refresh your soul.
As we pause and refocus, pick a few things you noticed that God was doing or saying from this past week and praise him for them. Along with this, let God move in your heart. Sit in the quiet and ask God to bring things to mind. It’s important to let God speak and work through us.
No matter what’s going on in your week, God hasn’t fallen asleep. Read Psalm 121 over your life and let the words encourage your heart. If you are looking for a song to listen to and reflect, I would suggest “God I Look to You” by Bethel Music. These lyrics speak so much truth, “God I look to you, I won’t be overwhelmed give me vision to see things like you do.”
God, we look to you, you are where our help comes from. Thank you for never growing tired or weary.
We may not be grateful for every situation, but we can be grateful in every situation.