Updated: Apr 3, 2020
Light | Reader – Easter 2020
Silence and stillness before God (2 minutes)
Reading: Psalm 42
These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng...
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise Him,
My Savior and my God. (v.4-5, NIV)
The book of Psalms is a collection of songs and poems, giving us a glimpse into David's emotions, thoughts, victories and struggles. They are written to express the emotional life of a believer, and as I read Psalm 42, it struck a chord with me today. This may be because David recalls "going into the house of God," and as we go into week 3 of physical distancing, I am missing worship and hearing the Word preached (in person) more than ever.
David recalls worshipping God with fellow believers and although his external circumstances are oppressive, he chooses hope. He chooses to remember the mighty works of God, His character, and His constant love. Throughout Psalm 42 it seems like a tug-of-war, between frustration with his current circumstance and hope in the Lord. It's almost as if David is preaching to himself during this dark time and reminding himself to choose to place his hope in the one thing that doesn't change - His Savior.
No matter your circumstance, how frustrating or lonely it may seem - continue to thirst after Jesus and His love. He is worthy to be praised, in church or in your kitchen.
Question to consider this week: In what ways can you invite Jesus into this moment with you?
Action step: Throw some worship music on and praise Him for all that He's done and how He loves you, and preach to yourself if you need to - choose hope today.
Prayer: Jesus, you are good and you are worthy of praise. Even when I experience the unknown, I will choose to worship you and put my hope in You. Thank you for your constant love and your never-ending grace. In Your name, I pray, amen.
Conclude with silence (2 minutes)