Psalm 42 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
Good Morning! Your meditational thought for today is from Psalm 42. The psalmist is intensely longing for God during his time of being taunted by his enemies. There will be times in our lives when we will be taunted by those who oppose us. The right position to take is not retaliation, but to intensely thirst for God’s comfort.
He gives the comparison of a deer who is thirsty for water, with his thirst soul, thirsting for God. Just like animals need water to sustain life, we need God to sustain our lives. His enemies had mocked and ridiculed him so bad by asking, “Where is your God?” There are times when our state of despair can become so great that we can become overwhelmed. It is in times like those, we must turn our focus in the right direction. The psalmist begins to examine his situation and begins to scold himself for allowing himself to become so discouraged because of someone else taunting him.
He says in verse 5, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.” (ESV), In times of our great grief, it is necessary for us to encourage ourselves. We can do that by remembering who God is, and recalling all of His past deliverance’s in our lives. We must Praise Him and rejoice in the fact that He is able to bring us out of our despair and what appears to be a hopeless predicament. Stay encouraged, it is only a season you are enduring. The Lord will help you in your trial.
God bless you!
Pastor James Moore Jr.