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Spiritual-ish: Psalm 42

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CAUSES OF SPIRITUAL DRYNESS

PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL STRUGGLES

Day and night I have only tears for food…
Psalm 42:3a (NLT)

LISTENING TO THE WRONG VOICES

…while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?”
Psalm 42:3b (NLT)

REMEMBERING HOW THINGS “USED TO BE”

My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be…
Psalm 42:4 (NLT)

OVERWHELMED BY PROBLEMS

I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
Psalm 42:7 (NLT)

FAILURE OF GOD TO ACT QUICKLY

“O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me?
Psalm 42:9 (NLT)


CURES TO SPIRITUAL DRYNESS

1) NEVER STOP TALKING TO GOD

“O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?” Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?” Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!
Psalm 42:9-11 (NLT)

2) NEVER DISCONNECT FROM COMMUNITY

My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration!
Psalm 42:4 (NLT)

3) ALWAYS BE MINDFUL OF GOD’S LOVE

But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.
Psalm 42:8 (NLT)

4) ALWAYS PREACH TO YOURSELF

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God. I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!
Psalm 42:5 (NLT)

Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!
Psalm 42:11 (NLT)