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October 26, 1992

Reconnecting with God

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Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. PSALM 43:5
Do you ever get so frustrated with your own humanness that you put yourself on trial? What’s your problem? Why are you acting this way?
It usually happens like this: After a period in which things are going pretty well, we hit some roadblocks. A career that was sailing along smoothly suddenly is filled with headaches. A family life marked by nothing but joy begins to experience heartache. A spiritual life that was vibrant and active has become dull and passive.
Depression sets in. And because we’ve experienced the fullness of God in the past, we begin to ache to get it back. We can relate to Psalm 42:1: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” Some believe those words were written by someone who was living in the northern kingdom of Israel and thus prevented from worshiping in the Temple in Jerusalem. He felt cut off from his God and depressed, especially as he thought back on all the wonderful moments: “How I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng” (v. 4).
Three times in this song, the writer pauses and asks a question of his soul: “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?” (Psalm 42:5, 11; 43:5). You can almost picture him staring at his reflection and shouting: What’s your problem? Why are you acting this way? Yet despite his frustration, he knows the answers to his inner sufferings. Put your hope in God he tells his soul, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God (Psalm 43:5).
Are you feeling separated from the God you love? Is something keeping Him from being part of your work? Of your family? Of your faith?
Put your hope in God. Praise Him. He is your Savior and your God.

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