Tuesday, April 20, 2010

And yet....

Psalms 42 and 43 which we studied at our last Living Room Bible study sure hit home for those of us there. We could relate to the psalmists' laments. We could relate for the thirsting after God expressed in the opening verses:
"As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?"

You'll remember the wonderful hymn based on this Psalm. How well that song ministered to me a few weeks ago when Nancie shared it with me!

As we studied these Psalms we saw how the writers expressed their depression, but clung to the hope they had in God. In spite of everything they're able to say,
"Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God."

Oh to be able to cling to God in that way! In spite of everything to be able to say "...I will yet praise Him."

These same words are repeated three times within Psalm 42 and 43.

How can we who suffer from mood disorders hang onto such faith? How can we get ourselves to the place where we can say, "...and yet I will praise Him. In spite of everything, I will praise Him."

I think we need to keep wanting God, to keep hungering for Him. We need to talk to Him. And that can start by simply saying "hello" to Him. I believe God is pleased when we yearn for Him and He will be there for us. He will show Himself. The Bible says that he who seeks will find. So true!!

God is always there. He doesn't leave; it's we who leave Him. But all we need to do is talk to Him...to say "hello" and whatever else we'd like to tell Him about how we feel and how we need His comfort and His peace.

We'll be discussing this topic at Living Room this Friday. If you're in the Burnaby area, might you like to come along? Just check the website for the information. You'd be most welcome.


Wendy Love said...

You ask a valid question: "how do we are suffer from mood disorders hold on to such faith?"
All I know is that depression is bad enough, but to do it without God's comfort and love, would be unthinkable.
It is such a reassurance to know that even though I change from day to day, even hour by hour, our God never changes. That is something I can rely on!

marja said...

Hi Wendy,

I have one friend who lives with a lot of depression and she has said how, as soon as she feels herself go down, she needs to reach out to God - to try and get closer to Him. Only thing is, often we don't know we're going down until we're so deep it becomes harder to extract ourselves. And then, if we could only trust that He IS still there and that He DOES love us - that we can rely on Him to stay close.

Psalm 42 is a good thing to read when we feel ourselves going down. It has certainly been an encouragement to me.