Thought for the day – Friday 19 June

Thought for the day - Friday 19 June

Dear All

Why is it that some days, for no apparent reason, we feel ‘down’? It’s a feeling we are all aware of I’m sure. Sometimes the weather affects us and we might, without knowing it, suffer from this aptly named Seasonal Affective Disorder (S. A. D.) or we just don’t feel good and accept the fact that there will be days like this.

Some songs reflect our changing moods too don’t they, for example, ‘Mama told me there would be days like this’ in the words of a song by the Shirelles. Van Morrison and the Kinks covered by the sweet voice of Kirsty MacColl all sang about ‘days’ and their feelings. The list could go on.

Every morning when I get out of bed at 6.00 am. I’m chirpy and cheerful and never complain about anything. Hail rain or shine I’m always the same. Even when I get those infuriating, phone calls during the day telling me about an accident I had, but strangely forgot about, I’m always courteous and polite Isn’t life just so sweet!!

I think I’d better stop here, this is complete nonsense and fine you know it, well most of it anyway. I do, however, get up at 6.00 am but that’s about it. I’m pretty sure we all at times have rotten days and It doesn’t take much to get you off to a bad start.

Daily living can be stressful and we all need encouragement when we are down. Not everyone shows their feelings or likes to speak about them but instead just ‘soldier on’. Soldiering on can be difficult too and eventually things can get on top of us. We all need cheering up and we take some ‘comfort’ in thinking there’s someone somewhere worse off than we are.

The writer of the Psalms had some pretty miserable days and he got really down about things, he shook his fists at God, he complained and at times wished he had never been born. Serious stuff!

Over the next few days we’ll be looking at what made him tick and how he dealt with his moods and feelings. Sometimes he was on top of the world. One thing for sure he didn’t keep his thoughts to himself and as a result he is helping you and me. When he wrote he never thought that God would use his words but that’s what happened. Even Jesus relied on what he wrote.

The Psalm I’m asking you to think about today finds the Psalmist in a mood. Why is that?

Today I ask you to think/meditate on these things.

God bless you!

Jim

JBoag@churchofscotland.org.uk

PSALM 42

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When can I go and meet with God?

My tears have been my food day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

These things I remember

as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Saviour and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,

the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

By day the Lord directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.

I say to God my Rock,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”
My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Saviour and my God.

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