Memories of better times flooded his mind. But in the meantime, God is doing his work in our souls. The psalmist writes, (v.7) “Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me.”. In 1984 Marty Nystrom wrote the song, “As the deer” which became one of the most sung worship songs of its time. To the Chief Musician. He will never reject us. For the help of His countenance. Sermon: September 2, 2018 – Psalm 42 Ralph Connor Memorial United Church, Canmore AB – Rev Greg Wooley. Or another. Little did I know what was about to happen to me, especially with all that I would be exposed to and the worship emphasis of the school. --Strong, believing saints know to do that. Ask yourself, “What am I satisfied with that is keeping me from hungering and thirsting after the Lord like I did when I first came to know him?”. And why are you disquieted within me? Just don't miss it! Destroys. "I thirst" fulfills Psalm 69:2. The Power of Patient Endurance. in His holy will. Then we were reminded by our pilgrimage guides, Andrew Mayes and Richard LeSueur, that roughly 85-90% of the action in the Bible takes place on this rocky, hilly, unforgiving territory. drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever And here, the 42nd Psalm has something to say to us. Protection. Protect our faith! For whatever reason, the Lord has not yet answered his prayer for deliverance from his situation. Problems multiply? Like the psalmist, we need to remind our hearts and our minds of this truth when we are in the thick of it. The authors show their own strong emotions as they offer their pain and anger, as well as their joys, to God in acts of worship.” Yet in the Psalms, as in much of the Bible, we also hear a specific attachment to the actual landscape around us, not just the emotional/spiritual landscape within. For self. I pour out my soul" (v 3,4). There are many doors which lead to various kinds of life. Only one leads to the fullest life where our souls are fully satisfied. While they continually say to me, The “elsewhere” we landed at, in the fall of 1984, was Vancouver School of Theology. Partnered with God; was blessed. Jesus said in John 10:9-10, “I am the door. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah. Perhaps it’s a more generalized malaise, a sense that things aren’t the same as they used to be in your life, because of illness or body changes or a change in social context. Psalm 42 & 43 and Selected Scriptures. His circumstances at the time he penned this psalm were radically different than his past however. --When troubles come, don't curse, nurse, or rehearse. Or does God's will. By contrast, their neighbours to the west– who worshipped other deities – lived in a place where agriculture was easy, where the rain was plentiful and the soil was fertile. 1) He cannot go now, but he gets strength from remembering. Feed on each day. Church Phone: 403-678-5354 He describes a season in life when he is going through a particularly rough patch in this way: (v.3) “My tears have been my food day and night.”. --David was not ashamed to confess the Lord! For reasons unrevealed, they are in exile up in the north country by Mount Hermon, the location later known as Caesarea Philippi, at the headwaters of the Jordan. Introduction. David says, "I shall yet praise (God), for the A cloud hangs over you, and you can’t seem to find a way out of the depression and discouragement. --Faith "small as a mustard seed" with Jesus, "..moves Hold Fast. It made absolute sense for us to go “away” for seminary, to experience the world from a somewhat different angle. Perhaps it is exactly the experience described here – being many miles from a beloved place, place of family connection, or formative community of faith. Instead of fighting against God’s work in us, we would learn to work with him. --A woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Give --God has a plan for good for each to choose! --Was it another person at fault? It is when we feel far from the Lord that we truly hunger for him the most. Although he may not deliver us from our enemies when we want him to, he will bring about our deliverance in his time. “I had a roommate at CFNI who was a very vibrant Christian. --Friend, we need more like these Amish believers! And why are you disquieted within me? He challenged me to go on a fast – a period of time when a person refrains from eating solid food in order to give time to the reading of the Bible and to prayer. His situation caused him to be ready to seek God through fasting when the idea was presented to him. His promises? Freedom from Fear. When we look at the world today, we see so much displacement. Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, Session 7 . --Only a "living God" can help, and satisfy his need. --A thirst for God is the key - to heaven and His help. I pour out my soul within me" (Psalm 42:4). III. The Girl from Glengarry, New York: Dodd, Mead & company, 1933 and Glengarry School Days, Toronto: Grosset, 1902. Thirsting. --Not just look at, or beyond, but look through it. 1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. We don’t choose this door by ourselves. --Verse 3, "My tears have been my food day and night.". Although the trials we face make us feel like we are far from God, he always with us. Our scripture reading for today, Psalm 42, is written from the standpoint of someone who is living someplace that is not their spiritual “home” and is feeling distant, not only from their home but from their God. Ultimately, he knows that it is the Lord who is responsible for this feeling of separation. I get how the Psalmist, surrounded by natural beauty, would happily give it up just to be held in the loving arms of her mother God. When shall I come and appear before God? --David goes to God, says, "My tears have been my food So that we will come to the place where he alone will satisfy our hearts and we are ruined for anything in this world that would seek the place above him. There are so many instances where the landscape of life changes, and not for the better, and the hurt is indicated in our bodies: an emptiness in our core, racing thoughts or defeatist constructs in our minds, unexplained pains here and there. Though many of us, as mountain-dwellers, meet God in mountain majesty, the beauty of Mount Hermon and the headwaters of the Jordan do nothing for the Psalmist but remind her of the glory of Jerusalem – and the God whose presence she feels so strongly, in that other place. If we are to have life to its fullest we must enter that life by the door to life, Jesus himself. We should also "thirst" for God's protection. drinks of the water that I shall give him will never --Let your faith grow - even if it is small or weak. There are no upcoming events at this time. day and night .. Canmore, Alberta, T1W 2B1. Can you relate to a time where you were under such distress that you could barely eat and it seemed like you couldn’t stop crying? With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul? Our freedoms. Life to its fullest potential looks different for a person who is Christ-centered as opposed to a person who is human-centered.