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Advent Attitudes Daily Devotional - December 16, 2019

Psalm 42 - Longing for God and His Help in Distress
 
To the leader. A Maskil of the Korahites.
1 As a deer longs for flowing streams,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.
2 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,[a]
    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?”
10 As with a deadly wound in my body,
    my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me continually,
    “Where is your God?”
11 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.
 
I can remember a Preacher I heard growing up who would often say, “Don’t pray for patience!” Then, he would quote a verse from Romans 5:3, “Not only that, but we also rejoice in tribulation. For we know that trouble brings patience. . .” His point was that praying for patience meant we would pray for trouble, which is the way we learn patience.
 
I never had to pray for trouble/tribulation. It found me! It finds all of us. The trouble may be health concerns, troubled relationships, economic concerns, or a whole host of other issues, but we do all face something. As the saying goes, none of us gets out of this unscathed!
 
The Psalmist of Psalm 42 knows the deep sadness and despair that one can experience in life. When “tears have become our food” we are in one of those places where we are looking for help to strengthen us amidst our cast down souls.
 
The writer comes to the realization through pouring out his heart to God in this Psalm that ultimately, it is God’s hesed, (loving-kindness) that sustains and nurtures through the struggle. None of us wants to experience the troubles of life. To find the endurance through the struggles we only need to journey to the rivers of God’s love and grace and drink deeply from the sustaining water of life only God can provide.
 
Patience is a key to dealing with the struggles of life and waiting on the Lord to bless us.