Psalm 42:1-5, 9-11
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
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 Psalm, the Psalmist talks about how his soul yearns for God. As followers of the faith, we yearn to be with God, to know God, and to be in close communion to God. When do you feel closest to God? Is there some activity that makes your feel in closer proximity to God? The spiritual practices such as praying, reading my Bible, and serving others, always make me feel closer to God. For each person, different spiritual practices make him or her feel closer to God. Think about what makes you feel closest to God and seek to do it today.
Communing God, you call us to love and serve you with body, mind, and spirit through loving your creation and our sisters and brothers. Open our hearts in compassion to reach out to those in our midst. Guide us as we seek to be closer to you. In your precious name we pray, Amen.
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