Where is Your God? - As Seen on Sunday?

Where is Your God? - As Seen on Sunday?

VOTW

My tears have been my food
day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
”Where is your God?” These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.

As with a deadly wound in my bones,
my adversaries taunt me,
while they say to me all the day long,
”Where is your God?” Why are you cast down, O my soul,
and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
my salvation and my God.


— Psalms 42:3-4,10-11 https://www.bible.com/bible/59/PSA.42.3-4,10-11

Confession

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Where are you God?

My enemies and I share the same questions.

Where are you in the hurricanes and murders?

Where are you in the hate and injustice? 

My own sorrow is used as proof of your absence!

I fear that I have lost you...that I am losing myself...

But I will place my hope in you, God. 

I will, but only by the power of your Spirit!

I will praise you again! I will rejoice in You again!

My Salvation rests in you!

Sermon Recap 

David, the poet-musician king, was a creative. HIs mind went to the arts. He sang when his soul hurt. He wrote poetry to work through his pain and agony. LIke most creatives, David used the arts to make sense of his worldview. 

Psalm 42 and 43 were believed to originally be just one Psalm that was divided by Jewish scribes years later.  We find David trying to make sense of his troubled soul. The taunts of his enemies hit a sore spot with David.  He longs to be in the presence of God but he doesn't know when the next time he will enter such sweet communion. 

Yet, in the face of internal and external emotional conflict, David declares that he will "Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation...(42:5,11; 43:5). Even though life doesn't make sense to David, he retreats back into the foundational truth of his life: God is our refuge and salvation and it is our joy to praise him. 

3 Observations from Psalm 42

1. Life is full of hard times and happy memories

2. Adversaries will target your insecurities

3. Truth is truth - no matter how you feel.

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