Posts Tagged ‘valley of despair’

Valley of weeping into refreshing springs

February 6, 2018

 

psalm 84

We have all been there in a dry place, a place of weeping, a place of unspeakable grief and anguish, a place of pain, and a place of barrenness.  We pass as pilgrims through this barren land, mindful of the admonition from Dr. Martin Luther King, “Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.”

A recent blog post spoke of mountains and valleys, making reference to “the valley of the shadow of death” with these lyrics:

You have to walk this lonesome valley.
You have to walk it by yourself;
O, nobody else can walk it for you                                                                                      
    You have to walk it by yourself.  

David speaks of “The Valley of Baca” as a place of weeping:

.Psalm 84:5-6 (New Living Translation)

5What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings

There is no place where the presence of God does not dwell. As we offer praise to God wherever we are, we can transform the Valley of Baca into the Valley of Baraka, the Hebrew word meaning “blessing and praise.” I recall this statement by praise and worship artist Martha Munizzi:

“God can send His worshippers through the valley of despair, knowing that they will turn a valley place into a resort.”

Her words became the opening lines of this poem written after a concert with Martha and Israel Houghton:

Through the Valley of Despair 

5What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.

Psalm 84:5-6 (New Living Translation)

 

God can send His worshipers through the valley of despair,

Knowing that they will turn a valley place into a resort.

As long as Jesus goes with us, we will go anywhere.

We will go where He sends us and bring back a good report.

We do what we have to do, for the Lord will bring us through.

He makes a way in the wilderness, where there seems to be no way,

Even rivers in the desert where He makes all things new.

Some said we wouldn’t make it, but we don’t care what they say.

The daily pressure mounts, asking how much more can we take.

True worshippers rise and boldly proclaim, “Don’t count me out!”

We know God’s sovereign plan for our lives is not a mistake.

Praise God! We shout with a voice of triumph on the way out.

Weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning,

Transforming the Valley of Weeping into refreshing springs.

Esther Mui offers Psalm 84 Song “How Lovely is Your Tabernacle” (Christian Scripture Praise Worship with Lyrics)

An unforgettable concert

July 23, 2014

John 4--24

Last Friday night, July 18, 2014,  my wife Brenda and I attended a concert in Fayetteville, NC where Martha Munizzi and Israel Houghton blessed those in attendance with an amazing time of worship and celebration of the goodness of our God.

Martha, along with her musicians and singers, offered a worship medley that ushered those in attendance into the very presence of God, where we lingered in glorious worship. It seems as though most of Martha’s music was devoted to worship. During her time of ministry, she mentioned a remark that someone whose name I don’t recall had made that went something like this:

“God can trust His worshippers to go through the valley of despair because He knows that they will turn it into a resort.”

Israel Houghton also provided a powerful time of ministry, as he mentioned the phrase “Don’t count me out!” which the Lord seemed to be emphasizing as he spoke. The entire worship experience with both of these outstanding musicians and worship leaders was unforgettable. It was the inspiration for the following poem:

Through the Valley of Despair

With gratitude to God for Martha Munizzi

and Israel Houghton

 

5What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.


When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.

Psalm 84:5-6 (New Living Translation)

 

God can send His worshippers through the valley of despair,

Knowing that they will turn a valley place into a resort.

As long as Jesus goes with us, we will go anywhere.

We will go where He sends us and bring back a good report.

We do what we have to do, for the Lord will bring us through.

He makes a way in the wilderness, where there seems to be no way,

Even rivers in the desert where He makes all things new.

Some said we wouldn’t make it, but we don’t care what they say.

The daily pressure mounts, asking how much more can we take.

True worshippers rise and boldly proclaim, “Don’t count me out!”

We know God’s sovereign plan for our lives is not a mistake.

Praise God! We shout with a voice of triumph on the way out.

Weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning,

Transforming the Valley of Weeping into refreshing springs.

 

Here is also a video of the lyrics to one of the songs that Martha Munizzi included in her worship medley: “Because of Who You Are.”