GPS: May 2, 2016

Today’s Scripture:

Psalm 42

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God?

My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually, “Where is your God?”

These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I went with the throng, and led them in procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help 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 thunder of your cataracts; all your waves and your billows 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 must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me?”

As with a deadly wound in my body, my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually, “Where is your God?”

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

Food For Thought:

In this passage of Scripture, the Psalmist talks about his deep need for God. Think about how you need God. How do you rely on God through the darkest times of your life? What kind of solace do you receive from God? Are there other people that you rely upon during tough times? Give thanks for them today.

Prayer:

God our refuge and hope,

when race, status, or gender divide us,

when despondency and despair haunt and afflict us,

when community lies shattered:

comfort and convict us with the stillness of your presence,

that we may confess all you have done,

through Christ to whom we belong

and in whom we are one. Amen.

 

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