Psalm 42.1-11 – August 4, 2020

Psalm 42:1–11

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng. 

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God. 

My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me. 

By day the Lord directs his love,
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 must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?” 

11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

(Psalm 42:1–11 , NIV)

Psalm 42 is a great Psalm for these times when so many find their souls downcast and disturbed, when the world around us seems to have gone off the tracks.

Thought Questions:

Would you say that your “soul pants for God?” Why would you say this is or is not the case? How can you make it more the case?

One reason we might have to not long for God (or anyone, for that matter) are struggles or troubles in our life. How do you typically respond to troubles when they come your way? Is increased trust in God one of your “go to” reactions?

In what ways do you put your hope in God, both today and everyday?

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