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Monday, July 23, 2012

Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?


Psalm 42

Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?

To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.
1 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul 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 continually,
"Where is your God?" 
4 These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.

5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,?and why are you in turmoil within me??Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,?my salvation 6 and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;?therefore I remember you?from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,?from Mount Mizar. ?7 Deep calls to deep?at the roar of your waterfalls;?all your breakers and your waves?have gone over me. ?8 By day the LORD commands his steadfast love,?and at night his song is with me,?a prayer to the God of my life. ?9 I say to God, my rock:?"Why have you forgotten me??Why do I go mourning?because of the oppression of the enemy?" ?10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,?my adversaries taunt me,?while they say to me continually,?"Where is your God?"

11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,?and why are you in turmoil within me??Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,?my salvation and my God.

There is really nothing I can add to this Psalms. There is no commentary or insight I can give. A question is asked and an answer is given. The writer has a soul that is downcast. He has a soul that has been moved and pained. His soul is in turmoil.

Yet the writer trust in God. He tells himself that he must hope in God. He must look for the future grace of praising God once again.

This is a reminder that I need so often. I need to be reminded of the truths of this psalms. I think of how often my soul thirst for God. I recall how often I long for Gods presence. Yet its not there. I think of the nights that I have cried myself to sleep. I think of the nights and days where all that I have is tears...

Then I come back to this Psalms. I need to remember the times when God was near. I need to recall the times of joy, wonder, and awe. I need to look back to the times that God provided for me. But it dose not stop in the past. I am not to only look back, but I am to look forward.

We are to ask our souls Why are you downcast? We are to inquire whats wrong. We are to ask our souls why the turmoil. We are to tell our souls to hope in God. We are told to tell our souls that this should not be. Soul! Hope in God. You will again praise him.

Soul...Do not be downcast. Hope in God. He is your salvation and your God. Hope in him. Look to the grace that will be brought to you.

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