Wednesday, August 5, 2020

A Prayer from Psalm 42 {Greatest Hits}

Coming in at #4 on the charts is this post from April 2012. (Originally posted as "A Monday Prayer from Psalm 42)

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?

Why? The waves of change and paperwork and milestones and appointments breaking over me have overwhelmed. It's a lot to take in, Lord, even though so much of it is good, and I'm not sure where even to begin. The intense emotions of goodbyes and hellos, aging and growing, wounding and healing, have caught me off guard and knocked me off balance.

Deep calls to deep at the roar of Your waterfalls;
all Your breakers and Your waves have gone over me.

Your breakers, Your waves. I'm still off balance, but since they're Yours, they are blessed. In Your hands they can buoy, not break. Teach me to surf them and not be plowed down by them?

By day the LORD commands His steadfast love,
and at night His song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.

The Puritan quoted in a book I read last week exhorted Christ's people to rely on God's promises. Here is one for today. Thank You, Lord, for commanding Your steadfast love. Thank You for the lullabies you sing with me at night. You are the God of my life. Your steadfast love is better than stability any day.

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.

Thank You, Lord. You are my hope. You are my praise. You are my salvation. You are my God.

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