Psalms 42 and 42 – My Tears Have Been My Food

Psalms 42 and 43

1As a deer longs for flowing streams,

so my soul longs for you, O God.

2My soul thirsts for God,

for the living God.

When shall I come and behold

the face of God?

3My tears have been my food

day and night,

while people say to me continually,

“Where is your God?”

4These things I remember,

as I pour out my soul:

how I went with the throng,

and led them in procession to the house of God,

with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,

a multitude keeping festival.

5Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help 6and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;

therefore I remember you

from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,

from Mount Mizar.

7Deep calls to deep

at the thunder of your cataracts;

all your waves and your billows

have gone over me.

8By day the LORD commands his steadfast love,

and at night his song is with me,

a prayer to the God of my life.

9I say to God, my rock,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I walk about mournfully

because the enemy oppresses me?”

10As with a deadly wound in my body,

my adversaries taunt me,

while they say to me continually,

“Where is your God?”

11Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help and my God.

1Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause

against an ungodly people;

from those who are deceitful and unjust

deliver me!

2For you are the God in whom I take refuge;

why have you cast me off?

Why must I walk about mournfully

because of the oppression of the enemy?

3O send out your light and your truth;

let them lead me;

let them bring me to your holy hill

and to your dwelling.

4Then I will go to the altar of God,

to God my exceeding joy;

and I will praise you with the harp,

O God, my God.

5Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help and my God.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silence bringing your attention to the Breath.
  • Bring your attention to your desire for relationship with God.
  • Notice the longing.
  • Notice the thirsting.
  • Notice the distance.
  • Name the pain and grief in the tears.
  • Let deep speak to deep.
  • Who taunts you?
  • Who walks with you?
  • Return to your desire for relationship with God.
  • Be open to the new thing God is doing in your life.
  • Refuge will look different from last time.
  • God is creating something new.
  • Let a light and truth lead you to this new place where you will see God
  • What do you need to let go to be led this new place?
  • What is your message from God?
  • Give thanks to God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, June 23, 2019 the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a
Psalms 42 and 43
Galatians 3:23-29
Luke 8:26-39

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. (c) 2019 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD

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