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Psalm 42 Breathing Meditation – “Deep calls to Deep”

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Feel free to play the video below if you enjoy or need a little background noise to help you focus. Enjoy and God bless!


Take a moment to settle into your seat and take a deep breath.

Rest your hands on your lap, palms down, or face up, however you feel comfortable.

Take 5 deep breaths, counting up from 1 with each breath.

As you breath, feel the the air that enlivens your body fill your lungs.

With each breath out, feel a little bit more of your stress, pain, and worry peel away from you.

Repeat this for as long as you need to feel calm and present. Then, read the psalm below, pausing to repeat and reflect on any words, phrases, or pieces that resonate.

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?
Day and night I have only tears for food,
while my enemies continually taunt me, saying,
“Where is this God of yours?”

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 a great celebration!

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—
even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,
    from the land of Mount Mizar.
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.

“O God my rock,” I cry,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I wander around in grief,
    oppressed by my enemies?”
10 Their taunts break my bones.
    They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

11 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!

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