31 Days-Discouraged

 

31 Days WRITE -Discouraged

 

Apart from the Ten  Commandments & the Lord’s Prayer, Psalm 23 is the most familiar portion of Scripture.

It is commonly read or sung at funerals.

Why?

  • Psalm 23 is the ultimate psalm of presence.
  • Psalm 23 brings comfort in the most devastating seasons of life.
  • Psalm 23  puts the Personal Back In Personal Relationship.

David wrote Psalm 23 from the perspective of a sheep.

As a shepherd he gave constant care, compassion & comfort to his sheep.

David was able to relate to the Lord with trust & confidence as the ultimate shepherd.

David  could  then move toward his destiny as the Shepherd-King of Israel.

Psalm 42 paints another picture.

David was in exile because of the cruelty of King Saul. Saul was seeking to kill him . Jonathan, his best friend was dead. David & his rag-tag band of warriors were hiding in caves.

David was suffering from deep discouragement. God seemed far away.

Was it a pleasant November morning when David penned Psalm 42 ?

From the doorway of the cave where he was hidden did he pour out his raw emotions & his unanswered questions?

Perhaps it sounded like this:

A white tailed deer is over there drinking from the creek. It is taking big gulps of that cool clear water.

I remember when your Words & your Presence were like cool water.

Will I ever experience your Presence again?

I’m so thirsty. I’ve been on a diet of salty tears. Tears for breakfast, tears for supper for weeks now.

I am pestered by my soldiers & by my own thoughts day & night asking ‘Where is your God now?’

I go over & over all that has happened . I examine every detail of the last few years, emptying the pockets of my life.

My heart is breaking.

I remember that in past years I was always the one leading the people in worship.

I was always presenting such a positive picture of you, Lord.

I was always encouraging people to trust you; encouraging them to count on your goodness & unfailing love.

I was so strong in faith, so full of enthusiasm.

I desperately want to be that person again. I am so thirsty for you Lord.

I am so tired of being down in the dumps. I’m so tired of letting these negative thoughts rule my life. I’m so exhausted from being held captive by fear, grief & depression.

It ends today, Lord.

 

Today I Choose

Today, I choose to come again to You.

I choose to rehearse everything I know to be true about you. I go back to my journal where I wrote about you from a sheep’s perspective.

I choose for just today to fix my eyes on You.

I choose to smile knowing that even though I am in a dark place You are with me.

I choose to let You handle the fear or depression or lack or ……….. that are ruling my life.

I choose to believe that You are with me. I choose to hear your whispers saying ‘I am with you’.

 

Today’s Conversation 

Step #1 Ask God which 1 or 2 verses from either Psalm 23 or Psalm 42 to reflect on.

Step #2 Write a paraphrase of those few verses that reflect your experience/circumstances today.

Step #3 Ask God what he says about what you have written.

Step #4 Listen for his response. Write your impressions in your notebook.

Step #5 How will you do life differently today because of this time in his presence?

Links to all the posts in the Pray the WRITE Way  series can be found here.

Virtually yours

linda

Discouraged

Leave a Reply

One thought on “31 Days-Discouraged

  1. Thanks Linda. Wise words when my depression can only hear the echoes of my cries as I stand at the bottom of this pit. Thank you.