Psalm 42 (Listen)

42:1   As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    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 say to me all the day long,
    “Where is your God?”
  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.
  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.
  My soul is cast down within me;
    therefore I remember you
  from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,
    from Mount Mizar.
  Deep calls to deep
    at the roar of your waterfalls;
  all your breakers and your waves
    have gone over me.
  By day the LORD commands his steadfast love,
    and at night his song is with me,
    a prayer to the God of my life.
  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 all the day long,
    “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.




Devotional:

Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. (Psalm 42:7)

 The idea of breakers and waves crashing over us is not a peaceful one. It is scary and chaotic, and if you’ve ever swam too deep in choppy water, then you know the feeling of being adrift in what seems like a turbulent sea. Deep water is mysterious and cold and can drum up feelings of being alone and helpless. The Psalmist here seems to invoke that feeling of a turbulent sea with the uncertainty of a life where God seems far away. Yet often, the depth of our pain and fear pushes us into the depth of the riches of the grace of God. However deep your fear and loneliness are, remember that God’s love is deeper. Whenever life seems to toss you about in a sea of uncertainty, call out to the God of our salvation and let the waterfalls of His grace bring the roar of peace into your heart.