Our scripture this morning is Psalms 42:8-11.

By day the Lord decrees his loyal love, and by night he gives me a song, a prayer to the living God. I will pray to God, my high ridge: “Why do you ignore me? Why must I walk around mourning because my enemies oppress me?” My enemies’ taunts cut into me to the bone, as they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” Why are you depressed, O my soul? Why are you upset? Wait for God! For I will again give thanks to my God for his saving intervention.

This psalm is a lament, a cry to God. There are many of these passages in which the psalmist pours out their heart asking for God’s help. However, there is always a note of hope, our confidence that God hears and answers prayer.

God wants us to bring our issues to Him. While God already knows everything we experience, we become part of the process when we share our joys and concerns. He wants us to be free from worry, but it is up to us to come to Him in prayer for relief.

The psalm ends with praise to God “for His saving intervention”. With this assurance we rejoice. We know that God is present with us always and His presence gives us comfort and courage to press on.

Loving Lord, we are weak on our own, but with Your love we are strengthened. Help us to be energetic in sharing the Gospel everywhere. Amen.

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