Friday, April 08, 2016

Psalm 42

I have nothing of my own today, but we always have Scripture. Here's Psalm 42--a psalm I'm working on memorizing, and one that's often blessed me. It's a reminder that our spiritual thirst should be a thirst for the living God, and that though challenges and oppression will not cease, the Lord commands His steadfast love never to leave us. We have no reason to be anxious or cast down. Our salvation and hope is in God, and if that were the only reason to praise Him, it would be enough.



Psalm 42
As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for 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 all the day long, "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 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 the 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 all the day long, "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.


Daniel Craig's recent CD included a song of this psalm, and I know it has blessed many already.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xabZxjJnj7g

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