I live in McKinney with my husband Andrew, and have been going to Lighthouse for 6 years. I work in Irving (oh that commute!) as a document control specialist, which is just a fancy title for someone who takes care of documents.
Psalm 42 is one of my favorite Psalms for two reasons. One is a bit obvious - the very first verse contains the words of a favorite hymn - “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God.”
In the chapter, the psalmist questions himself as to why he is feeling so down, and reminds himself to praise God even in the lowest situation. “Why are you downcast, O my soul?...Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior, and my God.”
Psalm 42 is a reminder to take our worries to God. It’s okay to tell Him about your sadness, your restlessness, your loneliness, and your fears. And even when it seems God is quiet and that He has forgotten us, we can remember His character of love and we can still praise Him.
Dear Lord, we are grateful that You hear us when we cry out. Thank you that you are our Savior and Lord. Remind us of Your lovingkindness. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Published on Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 6:14 AM CDT
Thank you. I have also received great encouragement in this Psalm. I read it in my own Bible and saw that I had highlighted two portions. Verses 5 and 11. They both repeat the psalmist proclamation of to hope in God because we shall yet praise Him.
Posted on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 @ 11:49 AM CST