Dealing with a chronic illness can often lead to depression. Don’t focus on your circumstances. Instead, focus on God.
Today’s Bible Verse
Psalm 42:1-5 (KJV), “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God? When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holy day. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”
What the Verse Means
The first five verses of Psalm 42 are the cry of a man far removed from the ordinances and worship of God. It shares the voice of a spiritual believer, possibly under depressions, longing for the spiritual renewal of God’s divine presence. We see him facing doubts and fears as well as clinging to his faith in the living God.
Praying using the verses
- Heavenly Father, help our soul to pant or long for you.
- Lord Jesus, our soul thirsts for the living God. We ask, when shall we come and appear before the living God?
- Lord, we long for you. Our tears have been our food night and day.
- God, our hope is in you for we shall praise you!
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