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?
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?