Thirsting for God

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!


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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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