October 5, 2021
READ Oct. 6 Encouraging Word: Psalm 42!
1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and [c]appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.
6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me; Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, And from the heights of Hermon, From the Hill Mizar.
7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
8 The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me—A prayer to the God of my life.
9 I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a breaking of my bones, My enemies reproach me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
The psalmist is deeply discouraged. He describes to God how it feels emotionally (7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.) Some adversities are so great that they cannot be handled in the same way as some of the other, more minor disappointments and frustrations of life. This type of adversity passes a threshold that the daily trials of life do not teach.
Imagine wading out into the ocean. You begin to feel the waves coming against you. First your ankles, then your knees, and so on. As you continue further into the water, eventually a wave comes that cannot be out-jumped. It washes over you. You are now submerged and completely overwhelmed.
What is someone who professes faith in Chris to do when the saves of life wash over him? Will his faith prove to be genuine? Or will he spurn Christ and rush toward the false harbors of this world?
At such a moment of trial, we are forced into at least one of two positions: either we can become cynical & a cold hearted or we can grow closer to the heart of God. A spouse betrays. We give in to a secret sin. A friend or family member hurts us deeply. Someone else get the promotion. A malignant, inoperable tumor. Profound disillusionment in some way. It feels like what the psalmist describes in (10 As with a breaking of my bones, My enemies reproach me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”)
When that moment comes, sent by the hand of the Father, will we believe what we have confessed about Him still ring true, or will we suspect Him of deserting us? The two lines of professed-belief and heart-belief, to this point parallel, are suddenly forced either to overlap completely or to move further apart. We cannot go on as before. And why does this happen? Because God will not let us remain the people we would be as long as the waves reached only our waist.
But above all else, when life implodes, remember that His own dear Son went through the deepest of all waters Himself, in our place. The tidal wave of true separation from the Father washed over Another so that it need never wash over us.
Thank you for reading today’s Encouraging Word from Psalm 42. Please pray for one another.
Remember those we know who are struggling with personal trials.
This Sunday NUBC will celebrate our 69th year of ministry! God is faithful! God is good!
Sunday, Oct. 10 Schedule: No S.S. – Morning Service – 11:00! – No Evening Service.
Let’s obey God’s Word and gather in person to worship, fellowship, and rejoice in the Lord together!
Looking forward to hearing a good word of encouragement and being blessed!
Love and prayers,
Pastor Mike Owen