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Friday, October 28, 2011

I Will Yet Praise Him!


I love it when God has something for me to read at exactly the right moment, don't you?  


I have been very discouraged in ministry lately.  For many, many reasons.  Yesterday afternoon, I got some more news that seemed like it was just the icing on the cake.  The proverbial straw that broke the camels back.  


I was pretty weepy all morning and then I came home around 11AM to do my Believing God Study.   And in today's lesson I was asked to read Psalm 42.   I looked it up in several versions and found as I did that in most Hebrew manuscripts that Psalm 42 and 43 make up one psalm.
This is what the Lord had me read today......



 As the deer pants for streams of water,
   so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
   When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food
   day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
   “Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember
   as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
   under the protection of the Mighty One[d]
with shouts of joy and praise
   among the festive throng.

 5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
   Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
   for I will yet praise him,
   my Savior and my God.

 6 My soul is downcast within me;
   therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
   the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep
   in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
   have swept over me.

 8 By day the LORD directs his love,
   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 must I go about mourning,
   oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony
   as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
   “Where is your God?”

 11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
   Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
   for I will yet praise him,
   my Savior and my God.




.....and Psalm 43


 1 Vindicate me, my God, 
   and plead my cause 
   against an unfaithful nation. 
Rescue me from those who are 
   deceitful and wicked. 
2 You are God my stronghold. 
   Why have you rejected me? 
Why must I go about mourning, 
   oppressed by the enemy? 
3 Send me your light and your faithful care, 
   let them lead me; 
let them bring me to your holy mountain, 
   to the place where you dwell. 
4 Then I will go to the altar of God, 
   to God, my joy and my delight. 
I will praise you with the lyre, 
   O God, my God.

 5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
   Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
   for I will yet praise him,
   my Savior and my God.

Wow.  Did that ever hit home.  It describes exactly how I've been feeling!  The trouble is that I haven't been doing the last part -- refocusing myself on HIM for who HE is and for all that He does and hoping for all that He will do.  


SO, I'm choosing right that I will yet praise HIM,  because He is my Savior and my God!!


in HIM-












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1 comment:

Elaine said...

I love this post Mindy! Isn't His timing impecable? There are so many times that the same thing has happened to me. If I've been struggling with something, He will gently reveal Himself to me. You saw God today! :) That's a million dollar moment. I'll be praying for you!