From Good Friday to Easter Sunday (18): May your soul be lifted up by love, eternal love, the love of God.

Welcome to the eighteenth stage on our journey from Good Friday to Easter Sunday: May your soul be lifted up by love, eternal love, the love of God.

Psalm 42

As a deer longs for a stream of cool water,
    so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for you, the living God.
    When can I go and worship in your presence?
Day and night I cry,
    and tears are my only food;
all the time my enemies ask me,
    “Where is your God?”

My heart breaks when I remember the past,
    when I went with the crowds to the house of God
    and led them as they walked along,
    a happy crowd, singing and shouting praise to God.
Why am I so sad?
    Why am I so troubled?
I will put my hope in God,
    and once again I will praise him,
    my savior and my God.

6-7 Here in exile my heart is breaking,
    and so I turn my thoughts to him.
He has sent waves of sorrow over my soul;
    chaos roars at me like a flood,
    like waterfalls thundering down to the Jordan
    from Mount Hermon and Mount Mizar.
May the Lord show his constant love during the day,
    so that I may have a song at night,
    a prayer to the God of my life.

To God, my defender, I say,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go on suffering
    from the cruelty of my enemies?”
10 I am crushed by their insults,
    as they keep on asking me,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why am I so sad?
    Why am I so troubled?
I will put my hope in God,
    and once again I will praise him,
    my savior and my God.

Psalm 43

O God, declare me innocent,
    and defend my cause against the ungodly;
    deliver me from lying and evil people!
You are my protector;
    why have you abandoned me?
Why must I go on suffering
    from the cruelty of my enemies?

Send your light and your truth;
    may they lead me
    and bring me back to Zion, your sacred hill,[a]
    and to your Temple, where you live.
Then I will go to your altar, O God;
    you are the source of my happiness.
I will play my harp and sing praise to you,
    O God, my God.

Why am I so sad?
    Why am I so troubled?
I will put my hope in God,
    and once again I will praise him,
    my savior and my God.

Good News Translation (GNT)

Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Three times, the question is asked, ‘Why are you downcast, O my soul’. Three times, the answer is given, ‘Put your hope in God’. Three times, there is the response of faith: ‘I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God (Psalms 42:5, 11; 43:5). Often, we are filled with questions. We must bring our questions to God. We must learn to listen for His answers. The Lord is speaking to us. Are we listening? God speaks to us through His Word. Are we taking time to read His Word? He wants us to come to Him with the prayer, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening’ (1 Samuel 3:8-10). Listen to the Word of the Lord. Let His Word be your Guide: ‘Send forth Your light and Your truth, let them guide me…’ (Psalm 43:5). ‘Deep calls to deep’ (Psalm 42:7) – Let ‘the Spirit’ show you ‘the deep things of God’ (1 Corinthians 2:10).

Watch out for the next stage on our journey from Good Friday to Easter Sunday: When the Spirit breathes upon us, we receive love, eternal love, the love of God.

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