Daily D – Psalm 42:11
Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.
PSALM 42:11 (CSB)
Sometimes I talk to myself. I’m sure you do, too. Self-talk is powerful. It can be powerfully good, and it can be powerfully bad. It can make us stronger. It can make us weaker.
Psalm 42 describes a heart in turmoil. Verses 9 and 10 swing mighty low.
I will say to God, my rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about in sorrow
because of my enemy’s oppression?”
My adversaries taunt me,
as if crushing my bones,
while all day long they say to me,
“Where is your God?”
That’s a whole lot of hurt. David’s reality at that moment was anything but good. Even so, he could remember all the times before when he was as low as low could go and how God saved him and delivered him. He knows that God’s heart had not changed. He knew that God is worth waiting for.
David talked to himself. He asked a couple of good, hard Why questions. Then he bossed himself around.
“Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him,
my Savior and my God.”
Because God is who God is, this story will not end in a minor chord. This story and this song will move from lament to praise. Go find the cymbals. The time to make joyful noise is quickly approaching.
I will prepare to praise God even when all I can do is weep.
Our Father, you are the God of happy endings. As bad as life can be, your purpose prevails. Weeping may last for the evening, but joy comes in the morning. Teach us how to trust you in the darkness by rehearsing our songs of praise. Amen.
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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.