“As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before Him?” –Psalm 42:1-2

Lord, in my thirst, be the well that never runs dry.

“Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, ‘Where is this God of yours?’” –Psalm 42:3

Lord, in the darkness of my uncertainty, be my guiding light.

“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 great celebration.” –Psalm 42:4

Lord, renew the passion in my heart for your presence. May I sing for joy to You!

“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! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember You.” –Psalm 42:5-6a

Lord, you turn my mourning into joyful dancing! You remind me that You are good! You remind me that You are constantly working all things for good! Therefore, I will trust You day to day, that You will lead me into the purpose that You have for me. I will trust You to write Your amazing story on my heart and through my life.

“I hear the tumult of the raging seas as Your waves and surging tides sweep over me. 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 42:7-8

Lord, take me back to that day in Peru when Your waves of love swept over me. Remind me how it felt to be engulfed in Your love. Bring to mind what it was like to play in Your presence like a little child that was free. May I worship You every day in this way.

“When everything is shaken, and everything is taken

When circumstances come to tempt me

When death and sorrow surround me and pain, it tends to grip me

I’ll still believe.

I want to be like Mary, sitting at Your feet

Lavishing my love upon You

How I choose that one thing, I give all for love

Surrendering everything for You.

You are my great reward, You’re who I’m longing for

My beautiful inheritance, Jesus.

You’ve given me Yourself, You’ve given me Yourself,

You’ve given me Yourself, You are enough.”

-“You Are My Great Reward” by Christina Reynolds

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