Saunas and the Psalms
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Saunas and the Psalms
What do saunas have to do with a passage in the Psalms?
[Steve Myers] Have you ever been in a sauna? I had an experience one time. I had never been in a sauna before, went in there, and it is overwhelming. I found out maybe I'm a little claustrophobic. Maybe that temperature and all the humidity in there was not for me. I was only in there a minute or so, and it's, like, let me out. Open that door. And suddenly, oh, you can breathe again. And it was, like, this is fantastic. It was more fun getting out of the sauna than ever, for me, getting into it. Because I needed the breathing room. I just couldn't take that pressure and that humidity.
And, you know, when you think about that, life is kinda like that at times. We may feel like we are in a compressed kind of a situation where humidity and stress of this world really weighs on us. And there's an interesting passage that you could consider if you ever feel like this. It's over in Psalm 4. Right at the very beginning, It kinda gives us this picture of this sauna of life, and how we can really get some breathing room. And it begins like this. It says, "Hear me when I call, oh God of my righteousness." That's where all righteousness is, with God. Then it goes on and says, "You have relieved me in my distress. Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer." And I kind of envision opening that sauna door and getting out of all of the stress and the challenges, of the weight that might weigh on us, and getting out into the open where we can breathe again.
And when we turn to God, that's really what He's telling us. That He relieves distress. He relieves the challenges and stress that can weigh on us. In fact, at the very end of this Psalm, it says, "I will both lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, oh Lord, make me dwell in safety." You want peace in your life? You want to have that relief that only God can give? Call out to Him. He will hear. That's the great part. Hear me when I call, oh God. And He does hear. And He is a God that gives us breathing room.
That's BT Daily. We'll see you next time.