As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you. These are words David wrote in what we know as Psalm 42. I’m not scholarly enough to know what the current situation was when David wrote this psalm but it sure seems similar to situations I encounter.
My tears have been my food day and night…
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
I say to God, my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about oppressed by my enemy?“
It’s obvious David is wrestling with his heart, with his hope for what lies ahead of him. I know that feeling. I understand his question to God, “have you forgotten me?” I get it. I get it but David doesn’t leave it at that. He doesn’t throw up his hands and walk away disgusted with God, does he.
As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you.
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
David seeks God completely. Completely. He knows God hasn’t forgotten him, he knows God hasn’t turned his back. He knows that longing for God with his whole being, that praising God within the storm is the path to take, the path to peace and salvation.
I admit that I struggle with this at times. I feel like God is not listening to me, that he has forgotten me. I get down and begin to wallow in my own messes and my thoughts become focused on me. But not today. Today I will join David in longing for God as the deer pants for water. I will join David in praising God because He is the Almighty, He is Lord, He is I AM. My life is in his hands. He knows the hairs on my head. He knows what He wants for me and what He will provide for me and I will exercise faith that it is sufficient for today.
Grace and peace to you.