Friday, February 23, 2018

Psalm 42:5, 8 NIV 2011

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.

By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.

 

The Psalter felt God was far away because his enemies surrounded him. Jesus’ words were similar while in Gethsemane. Matthew 26:38, “The he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch.’” Like Job he was troubled but knew he could rest in the Lord. David’s words were similar in Psalm 25:5, “Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God, my Savior, and my hope is in you all day.” The Psalter knew God directed his path. God pours out His unfailing love to those who stand steadfast with Him.

 

How many times is the Lord just beyond our reach? Psalm 42 begins, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.” God’s Word is where I come when I feel He is far away. His address hasn’t ever changed but where I am, changes daily. Like the Psalter, I need to be in His Word. Recounting each time He has been there is great comfort. Standing steadfast He pours out His unfailing love.

 

How is God providing for you today?

 

Steadfast in Him,

S

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