02-26 – I’m Thirsty

“It is a wealthy person, indeed, who calculates riches not in gold, but in friends.” - Jim Stovall

Overview: Psalm 42 and 43 were probably originally one psalm. This is evident by the repeated refrain (42:6, 11; 43:5; also 42:3b, 10b; and 42:9; 43:2), by the structure of the psalm which is incomplete without Psalm 43, and because of the fact that Psalm 43 has no title.  In Psalm 42, the writer expresses his desire to enter into worship to God, but he is apparently inhibited in some manner. There seems to be a struggle within himself and he engages his soul in a dialogue.  The writer seems alone and alienated from God. The writer eventually exercises his memory of the works of God and is able to encourage himself to, “hope in God” and to praise Him knowing that future events are based on the character of God Himself.

Memory Verse: Psalm 42:8 – The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night His song shall be with me – a prayer to the God of my life.

Psalm 42

1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 
When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night, 
While they continually say to me,
“Where is your God?”
4 When I remember these things,
I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go with the multitude;
I went with them to the house of God, 
With the voice of joy and praise,
With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? 
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.
6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, 
And from the heights of Hermon, From the Hill Mizar.
7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; 
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
8 The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me — A prayer to the God of my life.
9 I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a breaking of my bones, My enemies reproach me,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? 
And why are you disquieted within me? 
Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

Confession: Even when I am down in spirit, I will worship the Lord. I will remember all the times He has been faithful and I will know that He will continue to be faithful. I am hungry to worship Him. I am thirsty to know Him.  I know those who hunger and thirst for Him shall be filled.

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Posted on February 25, 2017 .