The Psalms are songs expressing a huge variety of emotions.

They encompass a desire to know God more deeply to memories of better days; from deep depression to exuberant praise; and from triumphant confidence in God to feelings of being rejected by Him.

We encounter all these emotions in our readings this week, and they encourage us to be honest in our prayers. Be open in the coming days to tell God how it is with you in your life – without pretending!

Read Psalm 42

v 4.  My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be:
Longing for God, but with memories of better days.

 

As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him?
Day and night I have only tears for food,
while my enemies continually taunt me,   

    saying, “Where is this God of yours?”

My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be:
I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
    leading a great procession to the house of God,
singing for joy and giving thanks
    amid the sound of a great celebration!

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God! 

I will praise him again— my Saviour and my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you—even from distant

Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar.

I hear the tumult of the raging seas

     as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
    and through each night I sing his songs,
    praying to God who gives me life.

“O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?”
Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

Why am I discouraged?  Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—
    my Saviour and my God!

Monday September 7th Daily Notes from The Hub