A popular Christian song begins with the words:
“As the deer pants for the water
So my soul longs after you.”
Although the rest of the song points clearly to our strong desire to grow closer to Jesus, it’s interesting that these are also the opening words of the 42nd Psalm, written several hundred years before his birth. It reminds us that mankind’s yearning for our heavenly father is timeless.
The psalm also goes on to remind us that this thirst for God can be strongest when we are at our weakest, when life’s troubles threaten to overwhelm us. Psalms 42 & 43 both end with the encouraging words:
“Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God – soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God.” (from “The Message”)