What Kind of Sandwich...
I love David’s song in Psalm 42. In the midst of the raw exposure of his soul before the Lord, David begins and ends his song in dependence and praise upon His God. The expressions of his hurting soul are “sandwiched” as it were between the adoration and exaltation of who the Lord is, even in the midst of his painful state. Are you able to relate (or in the past) to the expressions of David’s heart here:
“As a deer pants for flowing streams, 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 say to me all the day long, ‘Where is your God?’ These things I remember, as I pour out my soul:…”
Have the circumstances of your life, or the people around you, ever seemed as if they’re crying out, “where is your God?” It's more often in the trials of life that our hearts and minds are prone to wander in the direction of questioning God, His goodness, His sovereignty, etc. Yet, even biblically it is so clear that the trials of life are beautiful invitations from the Lord to hold onto truth, to embrace it, speak it out day by day, and cling tightly to the Lord, your God.
Perhaps this deep rendition of the psalmist is an invitation for you today, dear sister to submit to his example and being again to “sandwich” the expressions of your soul between the words of truth and hope in the Lord, your God. He desires to hear from your heart today, and yet He wants you to know the security and strength of keeping your foundation upon His trustworthy character. Please visit Psalm 42 today and allow your prayers and soul’s expression to intersect with that of David’s. Know that you are not alone in the wayward, overwhelming emotions that you may feel. But rest assured, sister that your God has not changed and He will remain faithful and true.