Scripture: Psalm 42
Key verses: (7-8) Deep calls to deep
at the thunder of your cataracts;
all your waves and your billows
have gone over me.
8 By day the LORD commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.
Reflection: What are you longing for these days? Maybe it’s community in a time of isolation, maybe it’s unity in a time of distance and division, maybe it’s joy in an overwhelming world. There are many things that lay heavy on us these days. Sometimes we find ourselves overwhelmed with all of these things at once. Psalm 42 is a psalm of longing to join the temple – this feels so similar to my longings today. I want to be in community, to come to worship and sing alongside this faith family. I want to feel close to God.
I love the psalms because they capture human emotions so well. We can find powerful psalms of praise and thanksgiving. They also give us examples of how we can cry out to God in the midst of difficult and confusing times, helping us to find the words we are searching for.
Today, on election day, I want to feel close to God. I want to feel God’s steadfast love in this human system. The psalmist shows us how to lay these things before God. And we can trust in a God who promises to hear us when we cry out. We carry the Lord’s song with us, even when we find it difficult to hear. When we trust in God, we find ourselves remembering that there is nothing too great or too small to lay down before God. May we hear God’s song today and find rest in God’s steadfast love.
Prayer: God of all emotions, we long to hear your song in our lives. Help us to feel your presence in unexpected and surprising places that we may respond to your steadfast love. In your holy name we pray. Amen.
Author: Savannah Demuynck
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].