Just like a deer that craves streams of water,
my whole being craves you, God.
My whole being thirsts for God, for the living God.
When will I come and see God’s face?
My tears have been my food both day and night,
as people constantly questioned me,
“Where’s your God now?”
But I remember these things as I bare my soul:
how I made my way to the mighty one’s abode,
to God’s own house,
with joyous shouts and thanksgiving songs —
a huge crowd celebrating the festival!
Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed?
Why are you so upset inside?
Hope in God!
Because I will again give him thanks,
my saving presence and my God.
Food For Thought:
There have been so many times in my life that I have desperately needed help, but I have been too proud or too embarrassed to ask for it. I have avoided asking the people in my life who could help me. And I have certainly forgotten that in my greatest need, in my darkest darkness, in my deepest brokenness, God is there. I can ask God for help! In darkness and in need, this Psalmist remembers what we so often forget. He remembers God. He goes to God in his pain and suffering. He goes to God for comfort. He goes to God in hope and gratitude knowing that God will never leave him. This Psalmist realizes that God is a necessity at all times in life. He depends on God.
God, my whole being craves you! My soul thirsts for you! I am hurting and sometimes I wonder where you are. I am so upset inside, but I want my hope to be in you! I am thankful for you, God. You have been a saving presence in my life before and I know you will be now. I need you, God! Help me! Amen.