“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?” 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.”
Psalms 42:1-4 NKJV
“Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. 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. I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?””
Psalms 42:7-9 NKJV
“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.”
Psalms 42:11 NKJV
This morning I read chapters 28-30 of Job, where he is lamenting his place before God and all that had happened to him. I read the book of Job with a great deal of empathy, as I can relate to the depth of his suffering, not knowing what work God was doing in the background.
As I continued my study, I read through Psalm 42, and I was struck by the way God sovereignly orchestrates things and then alerts one in the spirit, as if to say: “see this….” I had one of those moments this morning. Psalm 42 is an encapsulation of life through trial. the writer, one of the sons of Korah, must have been in a period of darkness. Perhaps he was a melancholic like me, naturally dark and brooding.
It is like God is using His Devine triangulation to point me to the truth that He is guiding me to find with the assistance of the Holy Spirit.
So many times I have read a passage in multiple parts of bible, coincidentally, at the very moment the perfect worship song comes on that guides me to the truth the Lord has for me at a given moment.
Many of us are going through struggles, through things where we feel as if God is far away, seemingly unaware, or even disinterested in what we are going through. As I read through Job, I could get a sense of that woe, of that weariness, thinking that God had neglected him.
“Job further continued his discourse, and said: “Oh, that I were as in months past, As in the days when God watched over me; When His lamp shone upon my head, And when by His light I walked through darkness; Just as I was in the days of my prime, When the friendly counsel of God was over my tent; When the Almighty was yet with me, When my children were around me; When my steps were bathed with cream, And the rock poured out rivers of oil for me!”
Job 29:1-6 NKJV
He reflected on when things were wonderful, when Job was the man before men, highly favored, influential. Now He was sitting in a heap, being berated by “friends” who did little but blame him for the situation that had befallen him.
““But now they mock at me, men younger than I, Whose fathers I disdained to put with the dogs of my flock.”
Job 30:1 NKJV
In those dark times, ones souls is most definitely disquieted. We have all been there, enduring great pain, with seemingly no relief in sight. In those times is when I seek the Lord all the more, praying, searching His word and desiring some sign of his nearness.
In the depths of my despair, I feel like someone caught up in the undertow, far out in a turbulent sea, trying desperately to stay afloat, even as the waves slam into me. The time of testing is where clarity comes from. typically there is no energy to spare, and everything is focused. It is sad that it takes trouble to drive us into doling what we should be doing all the time.
In the desperation, even the smallest blessing looms large, as it stands in stark contrast to everything else going on. It is in those moments, that I see God, and I see His presence in the trial. I am reminded that God is with me, and that He is faithful.
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.””
Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.””
Joshua 1:9 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, you may be enduring a trial at this very moment, and you may feel as though the Lord is far away, but know that He is near. he is ever faithful, and always aware. He listens to your anguished cries, and saves your tears as a memorial to His love and concern for you.
“You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?”
Psalms 56:8 NKJV
Seek Him this morning, and be reminded that Jesus suffered many things at the hands of His creation, that you can have access to the throne of the Father. May you be one who calls upon the Lord and cries out, knowing that He hears you. You will move from sadness to gladness, filled with thanksgiving, proclaiming the glory of God to the world.
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.”
Psalms 34:1-4 NKJV
Have a blessed Monday!
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