As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
8 Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.
9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?
11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
“If you have a sense of need in your soul, if you hunger and thirst after righteousness, this is an evidence that Christ has wrought upon your heart… We need not seek to quench our thirst at shallow streams; for the great fountain is just above us, of whose abundant waters we may freely drink, if we will rise a little tighter in the path of faith.” Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, p. 19
David sings about tearful days spent with people taunting his faith in God. His soul was in turmoil, but he shows how we can change depression and fears into joy and praise. In the midst of trouble, we should reflect on the goodness and mercy of our Lord. David didn’t dwell in the depths of the dark waves, but began to remember the times God was with him. Singing to the Lord in the midst of trials and sadness is the easiest way to find comfort. David learned this and praised the Lord in song. Many of the psalms reflect David’s innermost struggles and shows him continuing to turn to God for his strength.
God wants us also to bring our worries to Him. He alone is our hope and joy. So smile and sing praises to God. He will be the health of your countenance.
Registered Nurse, Lynden, Washington USA