Monday – July 27 

Longing for Communion with God

Read Psalms 42-43.

Psalm 42:1 is one of the most famous verses in the Bible, but it is often taken out of context. The psalmist longs for the Lord but does not feel near the Lord. Verses 1 and 2 describe someone who is spiritually dying of thirst. The last line of verse 2 asks when the psalmist will feel near to God again. I have heard similar complaints often over the past few months from people who feel spiritually parched and distant from the Lord.

Are you feeling distant from God? If not, have you felt that way recently? Do you know others who are feeling spiritually parched?

Use verses 1 and 2 to cry out to the Lord for new connection with Him. Tell Him how you are feeling distant. If you are not feeling distant right now, go before the Lord on behalf of someone else.

Week 3 — Psalm of Disorientation — Personal Lament

Introduction to Psalms 42-43

We do not know who wrote these Psalms. The Sons of Korah refers all the way back to the time of Moses. Korah’s descendants faithfully followed the Lord and served as Levites for centuries. 

Psalms 42 and 43 are so tightly connected that it is almost certain that they were once considered one unit. They express a powerful “lament” – a cry for help during distress. Two questions echo throughout Psalms of lament: Why is this happening? How long will it last?

Psalms 42 and 43 are divided into three parts, each ending in, “Why are you cast down, O my soul…” In 42:1-5, the psalmist laments feeling distant from God. The tension between God’s love and the psalmist’s sufferings are the theme of 42:6-11. In Psalm 43, the psalmist cries out for God to act and promises to worship as a result.

Psalms 42–43 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.

1As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.

2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

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

4These 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.

5Why 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

6and my God. My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.

7Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.

8By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.

9I say to God, my rock: “Why have you forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

10As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?”

11Why 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.

1Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!

2For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

3Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!

4Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

5Why 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.

 

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