As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O 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 men say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’ . . . Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42: 1 -3;
Do you ever feel so completely alone and in despair that you feel your very soul is longing for God’s presence?
How we all sometimes long for our living God! I love these words that David wrote in Psalm 42 as he pictures himself like a deer that is on the run in desperate need of God’s refreshing grace and comfort. His soul is thirsting for God and he is seeking Him with every part of his being. He knows that only our Heavenly Father can quench the thirst of the human heart. Just as a deer instinctively knows where to find water when it’s thirsty, we too, can seek God and know where to find His presence with us if we will only call upon His name.
Life can be such a mystery and God’s ways are not always to be understood, but by His grace, we can get through those times when we feel alone and in despair. Our faith can take away our fears and anxieties as God fills us with His love and peace. We can remember and believe that we need never question where God is, for we have His promise and His assurance that He will never leave nor forsake us. He will never let us go. May we find rest in Him and hope for tomorrow.
Dear God, you know that our souls are often filled with despair and we long for your love and peace. We are so grateful that we can call upon your name and trust in your presence with us. We give you all honor and praise. Amen
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