(April 20, 2010)

Psalms 42 and 43 which we studied at our last Living Room Bible study sure hit home for those of us there. We could relate to the psalmists’ laments. We could relate for the thirsting after God expressed in the opening verses:

“As the deer pants for 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?”

As we studied these Psalms we saw how the writers expressed their depression, but clung to the hope they had in God. In spite of everything they’re able to say,

“Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.”

Oh to be able to cling to God in that way! In spite of everything to be able to say “…I will yet praise Him.”

These same words are repeated three times within Psalm 42 and 43.

How can we who suffer from mood disorders hang onto such faith? How can we get ourselves to the place where we can say, “…and yet I will praise Him. In spite of everything, I will praise Him.”

I think we need to keep wanting God, to keep hungering for Him. We need to talk to Him. And that can start by simply saying “hello” to Him. I believe God is pleased when we yearn for Him and He will be there for us. He will show Himself. The Bible says that he who seeks will find. So true!!

God is always there. He doesn’t leave. It’s we who leave Him. But all we need to do is talk to Him and say whatever else we’d like to tell Him. How we feel and how we need His comfort and His peace.