Week 26   Day 5



where and how is it we see and sense

the presence of the Lord 

            most deeply 





is there a search involved

does the seeing and the sensing come in the seeking 


or does it just happen like 

            a new idea 

            a new experience 

            a new blessing bursting on the scene 


the psalmist speaks of seeking the Lord 

                 not simply out of curiosity 

or something interesting to do 

                 or a diversion from the routines 


but a search that has an air of desperation about it 

               like one thirsty in the desert 

               like a parched land needing rain 

               like a weary life needing renewal 


and there is a serendipity in that searching 

            our souls discover a feast 

            our minds are focused on him 

            our lives have found a companion

                        we do not want to lose





               Where is God when I need help so badly?
                                 Psalms 42, 43, 55 & 57


     1As the deer pants for the water, so pants my soul for You.

2My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

3My tears have been my food day and night,

While they continually say to me, "Where is your God?"

     4When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me.

For I used to go with the multitude to the house of God,

With the voice of joy and praise, to keep a pilgrim feast.

     5Why are you cast down, O my soul? 

And why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God,

I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.

7Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;

All Your waves and billows have gone over me.

8The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,

And in the night His song shall be with me.

     9 I will say to God my Rock, "Why have You forgotten me?

Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"

11Why are you cast down, O my soul?   Hope in God.


     3Send out Your light and Your truth!  Let them lead me.

Let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle.


     1Give ear to my prayer, O God,
And do not hide Yourself f
rom my supplication. 
2Attend to me, and hear me;

I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily,

3Because of the voice of the enemy,
And the oppression o
f the wicked;
For they bring down trouble upon me.

     4My heart is severely pained; terrors have fallen upon me.

Fearfulness and trembling have overwhelmed me.

6Oh, that I had wings like a dove!  I would fly away and be at rest.

7 Indeed, I would wander far off, and remain in the wilderness.               

12 It is not an enemy who reproaches me;

13 It was a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance.

21The words of his mouth were smooth, but war was in his heart;

His words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords.                  

     22Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you.

He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.


1Be merciful to me, O God!  My soul trusts in You.

In the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,

Until these calamities have passed by.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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