Archive for September 17th, 2012

Psalm 42

Psalm 42 has the psalmist revealing how he desires God.  I love how this begins: “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God”.  That is some serious desire.  Not some ‘when it fits I’ll connect’ sort of desire – it is life empowering and critical for the psalmist to spend time with God.  He thirsts for time with the Father.  Oh that we would start our day that way, and like we seek a drink in the morning, we would seek to fill our void with time with the One who created us.

He goes on to write “My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me continually, “Where is your God”?  The writer is having a hard time getting connected with God.  He agonizes over the separation, and those around him are asking where God is.  The psalmist feels forgotten and wonders where God is.  But at the same time, he clings to the truth that God never leaves.  And he challenges himself to “hope in God” because that is the only thing we can do and know for certain – that “the Lord commands His steadfast love, and at night His sound is with me”.  God never leaves nor forsakes us.

So why do we lose sight of our walk with God?  Because we take our eyes off Him and focus solely on ourselves.  We pull away, He doesn’t.  We may call out to God like the psalmist did “why have you forgotten me”?  But the reality is that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  He doesn’t move.  He doesn’t go anywhere.  He is there today like He was yesterday, and the eternity before that.  The reality is that we need to focus on Him and staying connected.

How do we do that?  The psalmist tells us how.  “Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God”.  He says it twice in this chapter alone.  We have to place our hope and trust in Him.  We have to put Him back in the center of our life – on the throne where He belongs – and get rid of self sitting there.  We need to worship Him and praise Him and elevate Him to His rightful place as King of Kings.  We need to confess Him as Savior – the source of our salvation.  And we need to be intimate and personal with Him.  He is not some blob up in the sky – He is our God, our Savior, our Lord.  We need to seek and find the relationship that He desires with us as deeply as we need to desire with Him.  Are you panting for God?

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