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Take Courage

2nd October 2017

A while ago, I attended Prayer Meeting, and although I don't go often, I always come home so filled. The Word having the power to bring my dry bones come alive and speak over my life. So today I would like to share with you, my dear brother/sister in Christ, some of what I have received from Psalm 42 and 43.

Before we begin let us begin with a prayer.

Our father in heaven,

In our lives, we know that there will inevitably be times where we struggle to even crawl through our trials, to stand above our sufferings and to keep our faith in you strong without fear. So may the truth of who you are, resound and rise above! Allow our hearts to be encouraged by the living testimonies that you have surrounded us with; and may our souls be quenched by the living water, that is Your word. You see our innermost being and walk with us through everything we go through, even if we have not uttered it out loud, God you know and we trust that you are in control. Above all things, still I will praise you!

In your faithful name we pray, Amen.

In these two chapters, the Psalmist seems to be in a place of lament, where everything in his life seems to tear him down making him doubt the goodness of God. He describes the enemy exploiting his every fear and doubt, yet this weary man -longing for revival, peace, and hope- continues to hold onto his faith.

How does he do this? Even though he is going through various trials- often even feeling God has forgotten him in this dry season- he in everything still remembers and declares the steadfast faithfulness of God over his life. Where His promises become deliverance, roaring with great triumph for His glory. And for these reasons he (and we!) can put our hope in God, who is infinitely almighty and has paid already the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. This seems to be best summed up in this verse which is repeated multiple times,

Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
For I will yet praise him,
My Saviour and my God”- Psalm 42:5,11, 43:5

However what I received the most from the 2 chapters is that although the Psalmist is in a season of waiting and wandering, he does not just wallow in the present, he petitions (so future tense) for the Lord to,

"Vindicate me…” - Psalm 43:1

and to,

“Send forth your light and your truth, …”– Psalm 43:3

So to

“…let them guide me; Let them bring me to your holy mountain,
To the place you dwell.
Then will I go to the altar of God,
To God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the harp,
O God, my God.” – Psalm 43:3-4

Not only is it just through Bible reading where you can receive God’s word, I find that sometimes I connect more strongly with worship songs for the lyrics are simply put and easily resonates with me. So I would like to end by sharing Kristene DiMarco’s song, “Take Courage”. It speaks of taking courage by never forgetting God’s love and never failing promises, to find strength in our joy in the Lord and continuously singing His praise, even in the midst of wandering and waiting.

So whatever you may be going through, may this song and these scriptures encourage you, being a prayer and a declaration over your life.

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