Psalms 42:2 – “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”
Most folks believe the book of Psalms was written entirely by David. However, it is actually a conglomeration of writings from Moses, David, and others. This verse is attributed to the Sons of Korah, whom King David hand-selected as the musicians who acted in worship services during the time that King Solomon’s temple was being built. Having been involved in the music ministry of churches before, I feel an exceptional connection not only to their position, but to the content of this statement.
The more popular verse comes just prior to this in Psalms 42:1 – “As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul panteth for you, O God.” While both verses, when read in succession, are a powerful testament to the devotion of these people to their faith and reliance on God, I think the second verse has a real correlation with those seeking God in today’s culture.
Think about being thirsty. Most of us reading this have never truly been thirsty. I would wager to say that we have never gone without something to drink for a full day, much less a week. People who have gone without liquids for more than a few days, if they survived at all, truly understand thirst… like a deer, panting for water. It becomes a primal instinct, insatiable by any other thing than that which is needed.
That essence of need – the unquenchable thirst – for connection with God is where we should find ourselves. Yet, because of the culture and times we live in, we find ourselves in the quandary of the second half of the second verse: “when shall I come and appear before God?” I think a more appropriate way of saying this today would be: “I’m searching, I’m looking, I want it so badly… why can’t I seem to find you?”
While most folks are busy with to-do lists, budgets, customer service, and image, there is a growing population in this world who are truly seeking to connect with God on a real, personal level. Those of us who fall in the latter category seek without ceasing. Every moment of every circumstance is questioned to the ultimate purpose of finding an answer, which will reconnect us with the higher power we all feel.
As the deer panting for water, we have become so disconnected from our source, that we seek it in every way we can. Even those who don’t realize they seek God are seeking a substitute in the form of drugs, sex, money, or whatever other distraction we place in front of ourselves.
We need to be more like the deer, panting for water. We need to want God as if nothing else mattered (because, realistically, nothing else matters). Once we reach this point, all things come together, because there is hope. There is a light at the end of this tunnel. Jesus himself said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)
So, keep on keeping on. We will get there, regardless of those that stand in the way.
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