Podcast #246: “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne

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I’m Michelle Nezat and I hope to inspire you to discover and meditate on God’s Word through the songs you’re listening to on the radio.

Do you ever feel like you are drowning with seaweed wrapped around your head? It’s a pretty descriptive picture of distress that I see in Scripture AND in Avril Lavigne’s new song, “Head Above Water.” When we’re drowning in life let’s cry out to God for rescue because “salvation belongs to the Lord!”

Let’s talk about Jonah, Jesus, and the folly of taking things into our own hands.

On this week’s episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Read in context
    • Listen to audio version
    • Repetition
    • Use multiple translations
  • The story behind Avril Lavigne’s song “Head Above Water” – God Tube Article
  • The power of linking your Bible study to music
  • Linking some of the lyrics of our song and the actions of Jonah
  • Encouragement in the prayer of Jonah – Jonah 2
  • How Jonah points to Jesus – Matthew 12:38-41
  • The keys for Jonah in his distress
    • Remembering the Lord
    • Praying to Him
    • Gratitude
    • Dependence upon God for salvation


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Enjoy the official music video below.


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This Week’s Challenge

Read Jonah for yourself. Read it several times or listen to an audio version of it. If you feel like you are drowning in life, spend some time reflecting on Jonah’s prayer. Ultimately, look to the author of your salvation Jesus Christ to rescue you. Cry out to Him in faith…He will hear your voice and bring up your life from the pit.

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