Psalm 42 Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses

To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the Sons of Korah.

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.

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.

O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
And from the heights of Hermon,
From the Hill Mizar.
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?”
As with a breaking of my bones,
My enemies reproach me,
While they say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?

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.

In the middle of our tears and pain, we have an undying hope in God. Thought we may sorrow and mourn, our hope in God surpasses it. Long term anger or sorrow towards people or circumstances that wronged us remains pointless. If we serve God, then praising Him, no matter the trials, seems to be the only way to function. God will deliver us in the end, although the path there will be extremely difficult.

Many times, those outside the faith will claim that our hope holds no more importance than merely a coping method to get us through life. That our belief only causes us to feel good about ourselves, and no real truth can be found. However, this clearly can be seen as nonsense. Feeling sorry for ourselves, justifying our anger towards others, and wallowing in our own chaos is easy. Moving past that and realizing that life was never about us, and then reacting in JOY in the midst of our struggles proves to be the hardest thing anyone could attempt.

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