God Helps My Countenance – Psalm 42:11

God Helps My Countenance

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and ]appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, While they continually say to me, “Where is your God?”When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise, With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast. Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him  For the help of His countenance. O my God, my soul is cast down within me; Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan, And from the heights of Hermon, From the Hill Mizar. Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me—A prayer to the God of my life. I will say to God my Rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? ”As with a breaking of my bones, My enemies reproach me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

No one helps our countenance like God does/can. Our souls pant for God because He is the only One that can meet our deep spiritual hunger. David thirsted for God from the depths of his soul and God met His deepest needs to commune with him. 

David continually wept in the presence of God because His enemies tormented his soul saying” Where is His God” but God was near David all the days of his life. He says He used to go to the house of God but why he stopped he doesn’t say.

God is the lifter of his soul

He asks himself why his soul is depressed but He knows that God is the lifter of his soul and will make him glad again. He hopes in God and he will yet praise Him. God’s billows and waves have gone over David he claims and He will ask the Lord “Why have you forgotten me?” But we know that God never forgets us because he is always thinking about us. His thoughts toward us are too numerous to count. Such knowledge is too wonderful to comprehend.

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