Psalms 42-43

The Omicron variant of the Coronavirus has completely altered everyone’s Christmas plan this past year. Even for our church, our English worship and Children worship re-opening plan was halted due to the re-tightening of restrictions and congregational health concerns. In these times of desperation and complete chaos, where can we turn to for assurance? When we ask God the question, how much longer? Where can we find relieve and comfort?

Lament psalms provided a window for us to glimpse into the heart of the psalmist during his time of pain and suffering. Psalms 42 and 43 is one of such where the psalmist pours his heart in his plea to God. By carefully studying this two psalms, we may discover the key to why the psalmist is able to find hope in God despite his pain and suffering, and unlock the mystery as to why he knows with certainty that he will again praise the Lord.

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” Ps. 42:1

Just as a thirsty dying deer searches desperately for flowing water, our search for God requires us 3

  • Be alert of our surrounding
  • Be observant of changes
  • Be engaged in our senses

Being alert of our surrounding means choosing not to focus on only the negatives, the pain, the
sufferings, but all that is happening around us.

Being observant to changes means identifying and interpreting the things that happens in life as God
communicating his thoughts with you.

Be engage in your senses means being receptive and choosing to allow God’s Spirit to freely speak
words to our soul.

Hope in God, for He is our light and our truth.

God’s promise to us is not a Christian utopia where we are abstained from pains and sufferings. Rather, it is as we journey through these pains and sufferings, our unwavering hope in God that produces continuous endurance and relentless persistence is our witness to the world of the light and truth our God can give.