Friday, March 26, 2010

Why Are You Downcast O My Soul?

Sometimes my heart just feels heavy. Sometimes I feel sad and down. This week was the anniversary of a very difficult time in my life. It was a difficult week for me. I really always want to be happy and peppy and up, but sometimes things just don't work out that way. LIFE happens. Things are hard. I love reading the Psalms of David and I used to be amazed at how brutally honest David would be to God with his feelings. I used to wonder why God didn't just zap him when he shared his anger and his anguish and his heart. But I also knew that God said David was a man after His own heart, so there must have been something to his sharing and crying out to God. I've come to realize that while life is hard - God is still good. God is there, He hears our cries and He knows (in the words of Beth Moore) that it is scary to be us. He does not take lightly what we are going through. I am sharing this Psalm today. Hopefully it will encourage you as it has me this week.
Psalm 42
For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah.
1As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
3My tears have been my food
day and night,
while men say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
4These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
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.
5Why 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 6my God.
My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.
7Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.
8By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.
9I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
10My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
11Why 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.

And here is a link to a short exerpt from a presentation on You-Tube by Beth Moore:
It is Scary to Be Us

I am also linking this post up to Spiritual Sundays. Take some time to visit and read other posts on Spiritual matters that are posted every Sunday.


LemonyRenee' said...

Thank you for this. I, too, have spells like that. When I was younger, I believed that sadness and pain meant that something was wrong in my life. Now I realize it is part of life . . . not that that always makes me feel better.

Whidbey Woman said...

I hope next week is better for you!
I found your link on Spiritual Sundays tonight.. I was looking to see if they had this weekend's link list up yet. They didn't.
When they do, the date will be the 26th or 27th. You might want to repost this so folks don't miss it (I nearly did,because I've read all the others). About 50 of us post each week. God bles you.

Charlotte said...

Like Whidbey Woman, I hope this is a better week for you. I'm so glad you chose to share on Spiritual Sundays. Since your link went on just before the new linky was up, I am linking it also on the new post. I hope that is OK with you.
Blessings for a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry that your week was sad because of a difficult time. I hope that it will pass.
God Bless,

Lisa said...

Thank you for your transparency. I watched Beth Moore teaching this on TV just the other day. It is comforting to know that He knows. Hang in there! We are all praying for you.:)

Gayle said...

Inspiring Scripture text. Hope your week is a good one.

Georgia said...

Thank you for sharing this. I too go through days where I'm down. This week I recently lost my best friend. She died suddenly on Monday and she was someone who I had been friends with for nearly 30 years. I know and have been told "life goes on", but right now, mine feels like it's at a stand still. I can't seem to even get over my own loss. It helps though to find other Christians who feel the same way I'm feeling right now.

Again, thank you for sharing this us. May God truly bless you today and every day!

Happy Palm Sunday!!

RCUBEs said...

It's hard sometimes, too when we feel we're alone and we forget His awesome promise that He will never leave us nor desert us. Praying for God's comfort to cover you. God bless.

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

I love Beth, but I have never heard that quote, "It is scary being us." Fascinating. I hope this anniversary passes and new and exciting things come your way to sweetly bless you.

Rhodema A. Cargill said...

I am so glad for the example of David's Psalms. God entreats us to be real and vulnerable with our feelings. So glad we don't have to hide our emotions with God (as if we could).

May Easter give you hope and joy.

daylily777 said...

I am praying that your depression will lift. Fill your heart & mind with Jesus , He loves you , He will never leave you nor forsake you . And remember Satan is a liar , do not believe what he tries to tell you .
Love in Christ,