Explore the Bible Lesson for August 27: The Longing
August 7 2017 by Emily Carter, member, University Hills Baptist Church, Charlotte

Focal Passage: Psalm 42:1-11
Psalm 42 offers a highly personal, introspective look into the author’s life. His desire is for the Lord, but he wants more of God. Do you ever find yourself parched for the Lord’s presence?
Because of our sinful condition, most everyone can relate to this psalm. We are limited in our understanding of God and His work, His sovereignty and His movement.  God’s ways are higher than ours.
I cannot tell you how many times I have been asked, “Why you?” in relation to my cancer diagnosis. My usual response is, “Why not me?” or “Better me than someone who doesn’t know Jesus.”
Over the course of this journey there have been times of struggle and times where I have wondered what God was doing. I have wondered where He was.
In times of despair, I encourage you to read the Psalms or write a list of ways God has been very present in the past. In Psalm 42:4, we are told of a time when the Psalmist remembers going to the house of the Lord with thanksgiving. In hard times it is vital to remember the good things that God has done. It is good to seek out biblical counseling when our depression goes on to long.
The Psalmist tries to strengthen his soul’s position by saying, “Why are you down cast, O my soul? Why so disturbed in me. Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:5 & 11).
Putting our hope in God can be challenging at times. Yet God’s Word is powerful, and there are many verses that will lift you up. Here are a few of my favorites: Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 1:18-20, Romans 15:13, Psalm 52, Psalm 56:3.
I pray you will be encouraged by God through His Word. No matter what trial or tragedy you are facing today, remember that God is with you, and He will never leave or forsake you.

8/7/2017 4:57:03 PM by Emily Carter, member, University Hills Baptist Church, Charlotte | with 0 comments

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