Another of the woodland walk after the River Esk, Angus, Scotland. Photography courtesy of Ben Bremner,

As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?

Psalm 42:1-2 (NASB)

No matter how old or young we are we all experience the pain of missing someone at some time. We loved them dearly and sought their company often. I remember the sharp sadness of missing my mum when she went to be with her Lord; she was gone from this earth and from my company. That sadness is not so sharp nowadays but does arise briefly from time to time. I also remember the pain of missing my family when I was lying in a hospital bed on several occasions. Yet as painful as missing our loved ones may be, there is a more profound experience of missing spoken of in today’s verses.

In Psalm 42 David laments his sadness of missing the house of God, and the presence of God in it. He is on the run from his son Absalom who is seeking to become King, and would have killed his father if the opportunity had presented itself. Thus King David was far from home and the house of God. Yet in his despair he finds hope in the knowledge of God’s presence and provision each day.

Dear reader, this psalm is personal to me; I am not in church fellowship right now. I also am encouraged as David was of God’s presence and provision in my life each day, but I still seek His house. Finding a Bible believing and teaching church is hard in these wicked times; it requires seeking on bended knees first and foremost. It occurs to me as I read today’s psalm that it emphasises the importance of worshipping God in a believing church; if it was important to King David it must be so to us today. Are you also missing church fellowship, and most importantly missing worshipping God in His House?


24 thoughts on “Missing His House

    1. Thank you Barbara, that means a lot to me. It has been a strange few days in that it became clear to me that my need of fellowship was greater than I thought. May you be blessed in His presence and provision each day dear sister.

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  1. Fellowship is important Alan and we pray you will find the place the Lord has for you, but until then take comfort that where 2 or 3 are gathered together in His name the Lord is there. Your times of purposeful connection with other believers will encourage and comfort you at this time. Bless you.

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    1. Wise words Nichola, indeed the connections I do have with people such as yourself lifts me up. It is not a poor substitute either, for God is rich in His blessings through our brethren, Hallelujah!
      Thank you and God bless you today sister, Amen 🙏


  2. It occurs to me that sometimes the situation we find ourselves in, although undesirable, provides a path that ministers to others. God bless you, dear Brother. I am thankful for our friendship.

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  3. I loved reading the above comments. Trust God. He will lead you faithfully. It was about 20 years that I was away from church fellowship, trying a few churches in between. I drew closer to Him in prayer and His written word. I began to feel acutely His drawing me back and have grown so much in fellowship with others. I’m convinced all things are God’s leading us gently to Him. You are such a blessing to so many Alan. Thank you for sharing what so many of us have walked through.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your journey in seeking God’s chosen church for you, it really is encouraging Maureen. The process has been educational in checking the statements of faith for some churches, which has saved me from error in some cases. May you have a truly blessed weekend sister 🙏

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  4. Just an observation, not a judgment: As much as you’re missing a church for fellowship, it is missing you at least as much. It needs people who understand the Word and hold their relationship with the Lord so dear.

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