Today we read Psalm 42:
As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you , O God. My soul thirst for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? My tears have been my food day and night , while people say to me continually, “Where is your God?” These things I remember, as I pour out my soul :how I went with the throng, and led them in procession to the house of God, with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. Why are you cast down , O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him , my help and my God. My soul is cast down within me ; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep at the thunder of your cataracts; all your waves and your billows have gone over me. By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God, my rock, Why have you forgotten me? Why must I walk about mournfully because the enemy oppresses me? As with a deadly wound in my body. my adversaries taunt me, while they say to me continually , “Where is your God?” Why are you cast down , O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God: for I Shall again praise him, my help and my God.
Why are you cast down, O my soul and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God: for I shall again praise him , my help and my God. This is repeated twice within this psalm so it is clear that it is a message that the writer of the psalm wanted to get across, that even though he was going a hard time, and his enemies were taunting him saying “where is your God now?” he was not going to give up faith He was reminding his soul, his inner spirit , his True self to hang in there and keep on believing and to maintain hope in God; knowing that this too shall pass and that one day he would be praising God once again.
When times are hard , and it looks as if God has left you on your own remind yourself , by telling someone what God has done for you, and about the mercy you have been shown.