A humbled and open heart is fertile soil for God’s seeds of wisdom to be planted. Deeper Roots is focused on analyzing God’s word to discover truths, values, and lessons for application to our lives. Periodically, a scripture or passage calls for further exploration, like Psalm 42.
Our Deeper Roots passage in Psalms shows that our human nature inclines us to doubt, but God is faithful. Our scripture selection begins with the psalmist expressing his soul’s thirst for God. He goes on to describe his lack of appetite and the taunts of other people, but then he remembers previous times in the temple worshipping. And this sparks questions about why he’s focusing on despair instead of God. Then the psalmist cycles back to despair again, before encouraging himself to hope in God.
Psalm 42 shows us the battle that we have with our souls. We know the truth about God. We know that He is holy, righteous, and faithful, yet there are times when we doubt. Seasons when we wonder if God is present and listening to our cries. It’s in those moments when we are tossed around in the storms of life that we have to remind ourselves to trust in the Lord. We have to remind ourselves of God’s character and good plans for us. We have to continue to praise the Lord of our salvation. We have to encourage ourselves to trust in Him.
Let this psalm remind you to remember. Remember how God brought you through previous storms and has the power to do even more than that in your current situation. Remember the truth about God. He is working even when we don’t visibly see Him working. And finally, remember to replace doubt and despair with hope. God will do what He promised.
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