14 day plan

Overcome

Day 10 of 14

Psalms 42:9-11

9I will say to God, my rock,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go about in sorrow

because of the enemy’s oppression?”

10My adversaries taunt me,

as if crushing my bones,

while all day long they say to me,

“Where is your God?”

11Why, 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.

Reflections:  As if being overcome by pain and suffering and oppression is not enough, the Psalmist now must listen to his enemies taunt him about his God apparently not showing up. There is another who knows the pain of this. Jesus himself experienced the same thing on the cross when passers-by, teachers and priests mocked him by saying, “come down from the cross”. But we know a bigger truth – despite appearances, the Lord is reigning. When we are downcast, we can rely on the fact that Jesus came, died and rose again to assure us that God loves us, has not abandoned us, and is worthy of our hope and trust.

Questions:  How hard is it for you to praise God when your soul is downcast?

Prayers:  When I am overcome Lord, remind me of your promise to be with me. Help me praise you in my darkness. Amen.

Psalms 42:1-11

Psalm 42

Longing for God

For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.

1As a deer longs for flowing streams,

so I long for you, God.

2I thirst for God, the living God.

When can I come and appear before God?

3My tears have been my food day and night,

while all day long people say to me,

“Where is your God?”

4I remember this as I pour out my heart:

how I walked with many,

leading the festive procession to the house of God,

with joyful and thankful shouts.

5Why, 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.

6I am deeply depressed;

therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan

and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.

7Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;

all your breakers and your billows have swept over me.

8The Lord will send his faithful love by day;

his song will be with me in the night —

a prayer to the God of my life.

9I will say to God, my rock,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go about in sorrow

because of the enemy’s oppression?”

10My adversaries taunt me,

as if crushing my bones,

while all day long they say to me,

“Where is your God?”

11Why, 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.