Psalm 42:1-11 NLT
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?” Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?” 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!
Reflection . . .
This very popular Psalm is a tribute to God’s refreshing the soul for those who long for Him. While this is a very true reality for those who trust in the Lord and wait on Him, this Paslm also speaks to the sadness and deep discouragement one can experience. “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?” These are the questions come when surrounded by an unbelieving world around us. The world doesn’t have adequate satisfying answers, just more mocking and scoffing at our hope and faith. What is the Psalmist’s response? “I will put my hope in God!” It will involve a persistent waiting and hoping even in times when we can’t do the things we used to (being amoung the worshippers), but God is our Saviour and God – hope only in Him!