Found in Psalm 42
As I’ve been writing about these Psalms, I’ve been struck by the range of human emotions they exemplify. But these poems are about more than just human experience: in each, the focus is on God, a constant both throughout and outside of whatever situation the Psalmist is going through.
In Psalm 42, the struggle isn’t anything to do with security or safety or self-identity – instead of crying out for God’s help in a certain situation, he’s crying out for God himself.
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. Where can I go to meet with God?
- Why have you forgotten me? (v9)
- Where is your God? (v10)
- Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? (v11)
- Put your hope in God, for I will praise him, my Saviour and my God. (v11)
It’s hard when we feel far from God. But this heartache I think proves that we are longing for God. Often I find myself longing for his guidance, his security, his wisdom. This psalm is a challenge for me to long for God himself.
Joanna is busy reading, writing and revising her way through her final few weeks as a student in the gorgeous and totally instagrammable city of Durham. She loves God and loves people, and you can usually find her with one or two close friends; eating or making yummy food, drinking tea and externally processing whatever decision needs making that week!