The unfailing Love of God
As I am sitting in my office writing this, the sun is shining, the birds really are singing and the promise that Summer is on the way (well, I am an optimist). As one of the minions said “I don’t care what people think of me, at least mosquitoes find me attractive”. Summer is like that, there is always something positive, even if it is “well it has to stop raining sometime!” Then the sun comes out and all is well.
In Psalm 42, we join David at a difficult time and this is a prayer for deliverance. He is being oppressed by those who oppose him and he is longing for the day when he can worship God back again in the Temple.
This Psalm takes us on a journey through desperation to the hope of a summer experience for his soul – the day when he sees a breakthrough.
He begins with a search for God in a dry and thirsty situation “as the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God” (1-2) and he is facing derision from those who mock him (3). At this point his memory kicks in and looks back at the times when he joined others in the joyous experience of celebrating and worshipping God in the temple (4).
In verse 5 he talks to his very inner being and asks “why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him my Saviour and my God.
He reached a place where he spoke to himself and said “put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him…” He knew, deep down that summer was a coming.
The remainder of the Psalm continues his journey as he recognises his feelings of despair but balances that with the love of God in verse 8 then he speaks to God about his situation before repeating the encouragement to His soul in verse 11.
Many of us will have gone through times that resonate with the words of Psalm 42 and we can look back at the unfailing love of God and rejoice in that place where we can now praise him.
However, I wonder if you are reading this during a time of discouragement, things not going as well as you would hope or expect them to be. If that is you then quote the words of Psalm 42:5 & 11 and remember, summer is on the way to your soul.