From Psalm 32
Homestead blogger Melissa Norris says there are basically six ways to preserve food: canning, storing in a cold space or cellar, freezing, salt curing, immersing in alcohol, and dehydrating. It’s this last one that got me curious.
The next question I Googled was “Why dehydrate food?” and this led me to the Survival Mom’s top nine reasons for dehydrating food, which include “dehydrated fruits and veggies have intense, INTENSE! flavors! … Something amazing happens to the flavor once all the water has been removed” and “dehydrated foods don’t lose their nutritional value and maintain water soluble vitamins and minerals.”
But this was my favorite finding by far—it just made me laugh with its simplicity, like the search engine was rolling its eyes at me for even asking:
You’re probably wondering by now where all this is going—stick with me. In Psalm 32, the author, David, says of the Lord, “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble” (v. 7 ESV), and my question is, how? How does the Lord preserve him from trouble? We find our answer in the earlier verses of this psalm.
David writes, “I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin” (v. 5). This, friend, is soul dehydration.
Soul dehydration. The process of releasing from your soul all that would eventually spoil it.
When you pour out your sins, struggles, and insecurities, your weaknesses, worries, and fears, you find yourself on the road to healing, to freedom, to life among the blessed, as David wrote: “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Psalm 32:1). And realize, when God says “your sin is covered,” He doesn’t mean covered and stored like pickles in a jar. He means taken care of, or released, as we read about in the book of Micah:
“Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:18-19).
God completely removes those contaminates with the potential to spoil you, yet all the while retaining your best qualities, just as dehydrated food retains it nutritional value and actually improves in flavor.
One last thing I learned: when you’re ready, you reconstitute dehydrated foods by adding purified water. And check out the way Alina Bradford, writer for CNET, phrased her article's subtitle: “Breathe life into your dehydrated foods once again.”
Isn’t this what the Lord does for us (see Ezekiel 37)? Soul dehydration isn’t meant to leave you shriveled and useless. It’s intended to preserve you (Psalm 32:7), and then, when He’s ready, give your soul a chance to be reconstituted, repurposed, redeemed with something pure.
Next week’s reading: Psalm 35–41.