June 29th, 2020 Daily Devotional

We are returning to the Celtic Psalms album for our devotion today. All the arrangements on this album are by Kiran Wimberly. Kiran is a Presbyterian minister from the US who now lives on the North Coast of Ireland (we swapped places!). She is a spiritual director and folk singer, and member of The Corrymeela Community.

Corrymeela was founded in 1965 before "The Troubles" began in Northern Ireland to bring Catholic and Protestants together - their work became even more crucial as the years went on. Corrymeela continues to be a place of healing, reconciliation, storytelling, and resilience today.

This Psalm is a Psalm of longing and resilience, may Kiran's arrangement speak to your soul this day.

Psalm 42

As a deer longs for flowing streams,

so my soul longs for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God,

for the living God.

When shall I come and behold

the face of God?

My tears have been my food

day and night,

while people say to me continually,

‘Where is your God?’

These things I remember,

as I pour out my soul:

how I went with the throng,

and led them in procession to the house of God,

with glad shouts and songs of thanksgiving,

a multitude keeping festival.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help and my God.

My soul is cast down within me;

therefore I remember you

from the land of Jordan and of Hermon,

from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep

at the thunder of your cataracts;

all your waves and your billows

have gone over me.

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,

and 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 walk about mournfully

because the enemy oppresses me?’

As with a deadly wound in my body,

my adversaries taunt me,

while they say to me continually,

‘Where is your God?’

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you disquieted within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my help and my God.

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