I ask for peace for Herb Zimmer and his family as his wife passed away on Jan 12th 2010 of cancer. We know she has gone to a way better place. But it is so hard on her loved loves and her friends.
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Movie: New Moon
Release Date: November 2009
Studio: Summit Entertainment
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“My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’ Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:10-11)
Have you ever been so sick or injured or sad that you thought you were going to die — or felt like maybe you wanted to? The writer of Psalm 42 seems to be describing severe physical pain on top of all of his emotional suffering — on top of being mocked along with his God.
Once more, though, he refuses to give up. After asking God the hard “why” questions in the previous verse, he turns the questions on himself again: “Why am I so downcast? This is not the end. My hope is in the God who saves — I will not stop praising Him.”
Job made a similar declaration when in physical and emotional agony — at no fault of his own. He said about the God He was convinced could end His suffering, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.” (See Job 13:15.)
For those who trust in God, life’s worst days call for the best kind of stubbornness to keep hoping in the God who saves, to keep trusting and praising the God who comforts and rescues and will one day bring us home.
Think: How much harder is it to trust and hope in God when you are hurting physically as well as emotionally? How much difference does it make to know that God is for us and that Christ understands our physical and emotional pain after what He experienced on the cross?
Pray: Ask God to help you to be stubborn even when your sad, to keep praising, trusting and hoping in Him even on your hardest days.
Do: If you know a Christian who lives with ongoing physical pain and still seems to trust God and live joyfully, think about asking how they do that.
“By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God my Rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?’ ” (Psalm 42:8-9)
There’s something heartbreaking about these two verses together. The writer — in deep despair — still stubbornly refuses to allow his sadness over his circumstances to turn him against God.
Just the opposite: He admits that God loves him. He sings his prayerful night song to the “God of my life.” Instead of shaking an angry fist at God, he is trusting, almost sweetly submissive in his attitude.
But that doesn’t keep him from asking God the hard questions: “God, my Rock, why have you forgotten me? Why in the enemy winning? Why must I feel this way?”
I believe this is exactly the right response to God during the worst times of our life. Sadness with stubborn trust. Praise with brutally honest questions. Seeking comfort while being honest from your gut. Respect. Sincere prayer. And the determined choice to keep trusting even when the answers don’t come right away.
Think: Which is harder for you when life is hard — to keep your heart soft and close to God or to ask Him your hardest “why” questions? Is it possible to ask God “why” while still being convinced that He is acting in love for you?
Pray: Ask God to help you not to harden your heart toward Him when life is hard, but also to be honest with Him about what’s hard about life while trusting Him with the outcome.
Do: Read what Paul wrote to Christians about what God is doing for and feeling about us while we’re going through hard times.
[ January 22, 2010; ] January Focus on Homelessness
Haiti and Haitians have been dealt a tough blow as of late with the earthquake and then a sizeable after-shock.
Life loss has been HUGE. Families have been torn apart. Their economy and infrastructure is in ruins. Tens of thousands of survivors are homeless. This is a different type of homeless than the [...]
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” (Psalm 42:5)
Do you ever talk to yourself? I don’t mean muttering incoherently while you walk around downtown in your bathrobe. I mean really talking to your “soul,” as the writer of this song so eloquently describes it.
I took up the habit of intentionally talking to myself a few years ago after thinking through this psalm. It’s not a new-agey kind of thing where I’m trying to get in touch with my lost inner child or something. It’s just an exercise in self-control — one aspect of the fruit of the Spirit. It’s a technique for saying to my emotions, my desires, my wandering heart, “Look, I refuse to slip all of the way into despair (or lust or distraction); this is how it’s going to be. Remember what’s true.”
And that led this writer back to worship. He said to himself, “Why are you so upset? Hope in God! You’re not done praising Him. He is the Savior. He will save you.”
Think: What do you need to remind your soul about today? What will keep you from taking control of your heart and trusting it to God?
Pray: Ask God for the self-control to put your hope in Him, to remind yourself of the truth.
Do: Ask a friend or two if they ever tell themselves what to do as a way of taking control of their emotions. Does it work for them?
[ February 27, 2010; ] Yahoo! Get ready to strap on your board(s) and let the snow fly!
It’s annual ski trip time! Come out for a day on the mountain with your friends. You can try your tricks if you want to but remember… no arm breaking or head cracking allowed! You’ll have a blast and be telling ski trip [...]
“My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’ These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.” (Psalm 42:3-4)
The writer of this song is about to get stubborn in his sadness, but first he pours out his soul to God. It’s the right approach for all of us when locked in a battle with sadness or depression or even just feeling down. You can’t make the best use of your sadness if you can’t tell yourself the truth about it.
“Why isn’t your God doing anything good to help you?” That’s what is implied by the taunts of the unbelievers in the writer’s life. They noticed his sadness and challenged his faith in God.
But the songwriter refuses to give in completely to despair; he refuses to give up on God even though he is overwhelmed by loneliness and sorrow. He makes a stubborn choice to remember a happy moment of being caught up in the worship of God (probably at the temple in Jerusalem).
That choice of what to dwell on with his mind seems to lead to the determination we’ll see in the next verse tomorrow.
Think: What do you choose to dwell on when you’re sad? Have you noticed that choosing to think about happier moments and worshipping God helps you to keep from giving up completely?
Pray: Ask God to help you when you’re feeling sad or overwhelmed or depressed to have the self-control to dwell on worshipping Him and on some joyful moments He has given to you.
Do: Write a quick two or three sentences about one of your most joyful memories that included worshipping God.
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