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Psalm 42:9-11

New American Standard Bible

9 I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me?
 Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?” 10 As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries taunt me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 11 Why are you in despair, my soul? And why are you restless within me? Wait for God, for I will again praise Him For the help of His presence, my God.

What are we really putting our hope in? When enemies attack, the natural human habit is to panic. We can easily assume God has abandoned us. Those same enemies often mock God, sarcastically asking where He might be. Here, the psalmist expresses the pain caused by that persecution. Their words cause emotional pain much as a deep, lethal wound would. But what are we going to do with our pain? It’s easy to give up but we know whom we put our trust in. We get into the word and on our knees believing that all things work together for good for them that are called. We are the chosen and God is not going to forget about us that is why we have hope. Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: "expect with confidence" and "to cherish a desire with anticipation". What do we really desire from God. As children have an anticipation for Christmas presents, we to should have a desire for more of God.

If I can have anything for Christmas give me more of Jesus.

Audrey Gunn

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