Gathering Strength from Psalm 42

IMG_2846 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 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.

Psalms 42

Yesterday before I heard the news from Boston, I was sitting on my front porch reading the Bible.  I came to Psalms 42 and was overwhelmed by the beauty of the words and the presence of God.  I couldn’t take my eyes off this psalm.  It brought comfort and strength.

Later, after hearing about the tragedy in Boston, I re-read it and it brought strength again.  Sometimes I have nothing to say, because the Word of God says it all.  I hope someone finds peace and strength in this passage.  Join me in praying for those impacted by the tragedy in Boston yesterday.

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