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The Middle

05/05/2024 - Matt Destry

Psalm 42:1-5

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[d]
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 Savior and my God.

What is the middle?

Types of “middles”

Looking at Psalm 42/43:

The tyranny of distance

The voice of detractors

The isolation of spirit

“Send out your light”

1/ Faith becomes personal

2/ Celebration is communal

3/ God is the goal

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

TS Eliot