I thought about you, God, and tried to tell you how I felt, but I could not.  You would not let me sleep. I tried to say something, but I was too upset.  During the night, I thought about my songs. I talked to myself, trying to understand what is happening.Psalm 77:3-4,6 ERV
In the Psalms, David often went from being unable to understand or express what he felt to not only being aware of his emotions but having them satisfied by God. When we are in the thick of our own emotions, this progression can feel easier said than done. Emotions can be overwhelming. Emotions were also overwhelming for David, but he had an outlet for understanding and expressing them – music!
My heart, O God, is quiet and confident. Now I can sing with passion your wonderful praises!  Awake, O my soul, with the music of his splendor-song! Arise, my soul, and sing his praises! My worship will awaken the dawn, greeting the daybreak with my songs of light!Psalm 57:7-8 TPT
Music speaks to the soul and helps us express parts of ourselves that are too deep for words. Through music, we can understand and express our sadness, anger, happiness, insecurity, and so much more. Through music, David went from doubting God to loving him, from feeling hopeless to being confident God had a plan. We can use music to help us feel closer to God, as well.
With this in mind, we are launching a monthly “I’m feeling…” Spotify playlist. It is our hope that these songs can deepen our relationship with God by helping us connect to emotions that may be difficult to explain, understand, or resolve.
Each playlist will display the same progression David went through in Psalms, starting with the emotion you may be feeling – whether it is insecure, lonely, anxious, hopeless, etc. – and progressing to feeling faithful, confident, and trusting in God. Though this progression is meant to help you work through your emotions as you listen, you can listen to the playlist in whatever order you want – it is meant to help you work through, understand and express the emotions of your heart!
This series is starting off with this month’s theme: “I’m Feeling…Insecure.” Enjoy!