Soul Water for the Weariest

Text: Psalm 42

Even the godliest people get weary some days.

As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God.

I thirst for God, the living God.

When can I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my food day and night,

while all day long people say to me,

“Where is your God? ” (v. 1-3)

Especially in our exhaustion, we can forget about Jesus’ living water (John 4) and instead wonder with the scoffers: “Where is [our] God?”

However, we cannot let our internal turmoil distract us from praising “our Savior and our God”. Even in our darkest moments, we must remind ourselves to seek God first–just like the psalmist:

Why am I so depressed?

Why this turmoil within me?

Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him,

my Savior and my God. (v. 5)

Are you too blue to know where to start? Fortunately, the psalmist points us in the right direction.

I am deeply depressed;

therefore I remember You from the land of Jordan

and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls;

all Your breakers and Your billows have swept over me.

The LORD will send His faithful love by day;

His song will be with me in the night —

a prayer to the God of my life. (v. 6-8)

When in doubt, this psalmist just starts recounting God’s blessings. What better way to encourage ourselves than with grateful remembrance! So let’s recount our blessings (I like to write mine down in a journal for reference), put our hope in that God who has kept us so far, and resume praising Him, our Savior and our God.

Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him,

my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:11)

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