Key Scripture: Psalm 42:5, 10 "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."
Read Psalm 42. Life in a fallen world is necessarily going to bring its share of challenges, frustrations, disappointments, and hardships. The psalmist conveys his deep state of distress over his personal and Israel's, trodden condition. But his prayer provides us a beautiful path we can follow through our struggles.
The psalmist unveils his despair before the Lord, truthfully sharing his dryness, sorrow, and suffering as he laments Israel's condition. We, too, can truthfully share our feelings with the Lord. He asks God, with a yearning for understanding, why he must face these challenges. We, too, can seek to know God's will in our lives. He recalls the stories of the good the Lord has done: Psalm 42:6, "My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar."
We, too, can choose to remember and know that God is good in all circumstances. This psalmist chooses to put his hope in God, to praise Him, and to call Him Savior. When we choose to glorify Him in our struggles and call Him Savior despite our circumstances, we will know the God who refreshes us like a stream of water—He who is the living God who gives us hope. Psalm 42:1-2 "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?
Questions to Consider: Are you dry, weary, and sorrowful over life's circumstances? Do you need to remember the goodness of the Lord, to praise Him, and to have your hope restored by Him?
Father God, I take this moment to praise You, reflecting on the goodness of who You are and what You have done for me. I acknowledge that I can let life's circumstances weigh me down, leaving me weary and worn.
I'm so thankful to know that You are a living God, the breath of life and living water. I pray Your Spirit will be with me day and night, refreshing and restoring me, returning me to the hope I have in You
Psalm 42:8, "By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life."