Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Psalm 42

Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts fro God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me continually, "Where is your God?" These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

My soul is cast down within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God, my rock; "Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?" As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually, "Where is your God?" 

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.

Dear God, 

What would You have me learn from this passage? God, where are You? Where are You int he midst of the suffering? Whether my own or whether that of another? Where are You? Are You going to keep intervening on behalf of the least of these in this country with regard to healthcare and budgets? Because without Your intervention, the least of these is in great trouble right now. God, did I do something so bad that You would abandon me when I am most in need? Did I do something to deserve what is happening to me what now? God, I am terrified. Help me. 

Thank You.

In Jesus' Name, 

Amen

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