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Psalm 42:1-6

One thing I get from Psalm 42 is that even as a Christian we're going to have those times when we're down, we're stressed, even depressed. Just look at verse 5: "Why are you cast down, O my soul? Why are you in turmoil within me?" As I considered what to blog about today, I read our six verses a number of times. I didn't see it at first, but then I realized that Psalm 42 really provides us with a number of instructions for how we can rely on God and get through our hard times.

Right away we see that we should desire and thirst for the living God (verses 1 and 2); two different times we read about remembering God's goodness (verses 4 and 6); we see that we can pour out our soul to God (verse 4); and in verse 5 we see very plainly that we should "Hope in God." I came away thinking I can praise God and be thankful even and especially when I'm experiencing hard times.

So what did you get from Psalm 42:1-6? How did these six short verses speak to you today? Tami W.

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Where the Lord is concerned, we are dealing with truth, with fact. Though I may often feel discouraged and all that involves for me, then there is the Lord and in Him I always find hope. Intimate friendship with the Lord is what I find to be the best way to counter discouragement. My grandmother would sometimes comment on one's countenance. When I became a believer in Jesus Christ I understood she was making an observation about how life appeared to impact someone, because it would end up showing on their face and how they related to other people. Spending consistent time with the Lord changes my countenance, and replaces discouragement with hope, peace and joy. Anyway, this is what the passage made me think about.

In today's reading I see a great encouragement for us in our "down-times" - in vs. 4 David spoke of times past, past blessing he once enjoyed; "These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival".

Then we see David encouraging himself in the Lord. The Psalm ends in vs 11 with "Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God"

I believe this is God's counsel to us through David's example; ...to always hope (along with having faith, trust and obedience in our daily walk with Him) in the Lord. He has our lives in His hand!

Now when times have been good,things turn. My wife in years passed having 5 back operations (with Gods help we made it) Many years have pasted with good times. Now to be tested again. She was told she has a spot on her lung and signs of cancer in her body. We hear what is said but reject it. WE WILL MAKE IT WITH OUR LORDS HELP. We stand on what He said He would do for us.

This passage became real personal to me about 4 years ago and I found much of what Tami said to to true. We need to think and thirst after God and His Word, all the time, but especially during the times of trial, because that is when we are weak and Satan is attacking. If we keep our focus on Him that is where we can draw our strength from. I also noticed in verse 4 that he states "he went with them to the house of God, with a voice of joy and praise." I have found singing and listening to God honoring music helps me to keep my "hope in God" that David talks about. During the difficult times we need to remember the things got has brought us through in the past and count our blessings...praising Him for His goodness and faithfulness to us. Love this passage of scripture!

We have a choice, as always. Choice #1 is to study our circumstances; consequence - remain discouraged and possibly yield to depression. Choice #2 is to look up to God, study Him; consequence - gain our God given joy back. It really is an encouraging psalm.

I agree that this passage is wonderful encouragement for all of us when personally going through tough times. Today when I read it, though, it seemed to be speaking in a broader sense. Look at the worldviews today....our enemies are indeed taunting us with "Where is this God of yours?" In the past, believing in God and being a Christian were considered shining attributes to a person's character (v.4), but today we can identify more and more with the accusations of v.3 (Where is this God of yours?) Verse 5 says it all....no matter what, praise God, acknowledge God, trust God! When tragic things happen to us personally and in the world, our response tells those around us where our true faith lies. I hope in my life my responses will show that my faith is in my God and my Savior!

Thanks again for all your comments. I enjoyed reading them. As I read the passage, verses 4 and 5 sort of jumped out at me. David often did this in his Psalms. You can see his mind struggling as he writes. Ultimately, though he puts his mind back in a positive mode. He said he would "hope" in God. We need to have hope. Our best hope is in God.

When my soul is down and out and the weight of the world seems to be on my shoulder. I can turn to him and rest my weary soul, but often then not I choose to handle it on my own and am left dry and empty. OH!!! that I would lean on him !!!

For me this Psalm is telling me not to worry about people who taunt me and want to know "where is your God. He says He is coming soon and its over 2000 years and He is still not here". I say to these people you should be thanking God and praising Him for giving us time to get to know Him. Savour in His love and accept it. Take a mirror image of yourself and see if you really like what you see when you do wrong. Do you prefer to wallow in wrong doings or do good, spread godly love and help others who need support.

This Psalm tells me not to worry about such people, do not allow them to take away my joy, trust in God and live in Hope because He is alive, so work towards that great day which is closer than we think. Give Him thanks and praise for all the blessings He so freely bestows on us daily. Be like David and life in hope "as the deer pants for the streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?" Verses 1-2 (NIV).

No matter what troubles may come my way, Praises shall come forth from me to My Father for He will over come whatever my issue is!

I'm going through some trails these days, and so eash day I go to the book of psalms and think to myself,"If God is with me, who can be against me." I find joy in the Lord.

How true God's word is for us to be joyfull no matter what the day brings. Remember God gives us his grace daily. I am so grateful that I do not have to think more than one day at a time. Trying to work on too many dicisions never ever works for me.

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