Question and Answer Time

5 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 42:5

David asks the rhetorical question, and gives us the solution. Despite his circumstances, David knew how to make it all work out in the end. He still had to go through questioning and doubt and a bit of depression, but he came out on the other end fairly well.

The takeaway for today’s is knowing how to bounce back after you’ve fallen down. A small act of worship can go a long way in feeding our souls with the Goodness of God. We shouldn’t underestimate the power that that Holy Spirit can have over our lives if we would submit to Him.

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What I Remember

4 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. Psalm 42:4

When people are asked to recall their earliest childhood memory, it’s interesting their responses. Some parents don’t even remember the details that the kids remember, but for some reason that event had been resting there for dozens of years.

David is recalling some of those memories and rejoicing that he had the privilege of participating. Now that he no longer could do it, he’s longing for it. He didn’t realize how much he missed it until it was taken away.

The question for us then is would we have enough memories of great worship to sustain us if we were ever to lose the privilege? Think about what ONE thing you can do this week to improve those times of worship. We all could improve because we cannot worship Him enough.

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A Lament

3 My tears have been my food
    day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
    “Where is your God?” Psalm 42:3

David seemed to be in a desperate place when he wrote this. The first two verses are the beginnings of his lament. He’s also in emotional pain because of those mocking him. You can hear the anguish in what he wrote. He seems to be doing everything right, and still God is elusive.

We’ve been there at different points in our life. We’ve wept and poured out our hearts to an often silent God. But in the end, through the turmoil and muck, we came through it by God’s grace.

Feeling like God has abandoned you is probably a normal feeling. It’s the questioning and the tears and the utter desperation that seems to summon the Lord. Our questioning reveals more about us than any answer He could give. He knows our breaking point and He knows when to intervene.

Today, as you continue memorizing this passage, thank Him for knowing us better than we know ourselves. Then pray for someone you know is experiencing this right now.

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A Thirst for God

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:2

How did the verse memorization go yesterday? Today’s verse is just as “juicy” in terms of being inspiring and insightful (before any commentary is given.

Sometimes you just have to cry out to God. Often it’s the “quiet desperation”, that is, when you have nothing else that’s going right. That’s when you do what you can to “grasp the hem of His garment,” so to speak.

Memorize this verse and combine it with yesterday’s verse. These are so encouraging to memorize because they are at the heart of the Christian life. Don’t stop until you have these two memorized. You can do it!

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?

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My Soul Pants

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. Psalm 42:1

This verse is perhaps the start of one of the more well-known passages in Scripture. The imagery is vivid and unmistakable. It’s a passage that could easily be memorized one verse at a time little by little. Chances are good that you already know this verse with almost no effort on your part.

As you begin memorizing this verse and the subsequent passage, remember some of the benefits of Scripture memorization.

  1. The Word of God is powerful. The Spirit of God can and does use it for His glory.
  2. Enables you to meditate on the most powerful words known to man.
  3. You are able to filter and evaluate world events and teachings more Scripturally.
  4. It encourages you in your daily walk.

I still maintain that everybody can memorize with enough time and determination. This verse is a great start. Read it at least 10 times out loud, then close your eyes and recite it. If it’s not ingrained yet, then read it another 10 times. The benefits far outweigh the time it took you to memorize it.

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