Psalms, the hymnbook of a nation, not only contains 150 songs, it also is partitioned into five books. Psalm 42 and 43 open Book II. These two have a recurring theme in verses 42:5, 11, and 43:5. In the midst of doubt and despair, there is this resounding proclamation: “Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again, my Savior and my God.”
Life can get us down, knock us down, but our faith urges us to remember: “Through each day the Lord pours His unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing His songs, praying to God who gives me life” (42:8).
Psalm 42 begins with a word picture of a deer searching for a refreshing stream to quench its thirst. The psalmist is clearly using that image to call his readers to turn to the source of living water.
As our church gathers for prayer and worship this Sunday, may we slake our thirst in the One who loves us and gives us life. Indeed, let us find our hope in God!