Thirsting and Hoping in God
“As a deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for you O God….Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, for the Help of His presence” (verses 1,5).
David was one who knew the pain of trouble. Not only did his enemies seek his life, he had to flee Jerusalem when his own son sought to usurp the throne and take his life. Psalm 42 is a Psalm written in troubled times. Throughout the Psalm he speaks of deep troubles and anguish. Yet we see woven throughout the Psalm not only his deep desire to fellowship with God, but also the rock-solid confidence that God would be with him during his time of trouble. He expresses his deep thirst to know God, that God is his hope, that God is present with, that God commands his loving kindness to be with him, and that God is his help. Consequently, even as he is going through his despair, he finds God to be his comfort and the object of his praise. As we see the events unfolding it will affect us all differently. For some it will be a mere inconvenience, for others it will be life altering. But for all of us, it is an opportunity to redirect our focus upon God, to thirst for him. When God becomes the object of our desires, even in the midst to turmoil, we have hope and find security. Spend time today reflecting upon God and asking him to reveal himself to you through this whole circumstance.