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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Intervention

13 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen. Psalm 41:13

Now more than ever, the God of Israel needs to intervene in world affairs.

If you’ve been following world events at all, you’ll know that the Middle East is a powder keg now as Hamas continues to launch missiles at Israel, while Israel is trying to defend itself. Israel has no allies in the region and very few around the world. The media continues to blame all the violence on Israel and make Hamas out to be victims of Israeli unprovoked attacks.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

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Pleased with Us

11 I know that you are pleased with me,
    for my enemy does not triumph over me.
12 Because of my integrity you uphold me
    and set me in your presence forever. Psalm 41:11-12

In the New Testament we discover this truth: “find out what pleases the Lord” Ephesians 5:10. David is making the assumption that he has already pleased the Lord.

Is the Lord pleased with you and me? I think he probably “winces” and shakes his head at our bone-headed sin, but in general if we are honoring Him in what we say and do, he’s pleased. The eternity question has been dealt with so it’s a matter of living daily in the knowledge that

(1) we were bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20),

(2) “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17), and

(3) nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:35).

Be encouraged today. Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:8).

He’s please with you.

Yesterday He loved me

Today He’ll do the same.

How long can it last?

Forever, praise His name.

– unknown

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