Psalm 42 New International Version BOOK II
For the director of music.
1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 4 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[d] with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. 5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. 6 My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. 8 By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” 10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 11 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
This morning as I was praying I was led to this scripture. Why do we take on so much of other people’s burdens and to pile on top of that, our own?
This scripture serves as encouragement, when your soul is downcast hope in the Lord. Everything we do is in the Lord, we are merely human and we can’t possibly do it in our flesh which is why we become so overwhelmed. Trust in the Lord, your salvation isn’t even of your own doing but it is because of the Lord. So everything that you do, every path you take, even your own salvation is God’s. You are because you live in and through him. He is the one that takes it on NOT YOU.