Monday, September 14, 2020

Psalm 42:1-2, 11b NIV 2011

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you my god. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 42 begins book two of Psalms. Psalm 42 is a prayer asking for deliverance from oppression. The author was seeking restoration while persevering to remain in the presence of God. Psalm 42:5a/b, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?” Longing to stand in the presence of God at the temple and approaching God can be done no matter where someone is at the moment. Psalm 42:8, “By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me…” God’s people need to put their hope in Him. Hope placed in God shines through the prayer and praise of His faithful believers.

Even though worshiping on Sunday with faithful followers is my favorite way to worship, there have been times while walking I feel His presence even more. The sight of two humming birds fluttering at a humming bird feeder draws me closer to His creation. Even watching the sun come up over the desert early in the morning reminds me God is near and still on the throne. My hope placed in Him shines through my prayers and praise.

How do we shine Christ daily?

Praising Him together,

S

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