Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 22, 2016

“The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 42.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.
6 O my God, my soul is in despair within me;
Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan
And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me in the night,
A prayer to the God of my life.

9 I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
11 Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.”  Psalm chapter 42.

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There are times when we focus so much on our surroundings (what we can see) that we tend to think more about our surroundings than we do about God.  We forget about God.  And then when the comfort of our surroundings is changed, we think God has forgotten about us as the Psalmist writes in verse 9.  We wonder why we are disturbed and despair as stated in verse 5.

“I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me?  …”  Verse 9.

“Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?  …  ”  Verse 5.

But, God never, ever forgets about us.  God never, ever forsakes us. 

“… He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”  Hebrews 13:5.

God causes His presence to be known to us.  God preserves us and shows us lovingkindness as stated in verse 8.  God helps our countenance (cheers us) as stated in Verse 11.

“The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me in the night,
A prayer to the God of my life.”  Verse 8.

“… Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.”  Verse 11.

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