As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?” My heart is breaking as I remember how it used to be: I walked among the crowds of worshipers, leading a great procession to the house of God, singing for joy and giving thanks amid the sound of a great celebration! Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God! Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember you— even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar. I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me. But 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. “O God my rock,” I cry, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?” Their taunts break my bones. They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?” Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! – Psalm 42
Thinking about a deer walking up to a peaceful meadow to take a drink of water seems like such a peaceful scene. This psalm starts out with this exact image. Woods. Deer. Streams. Peace. But the inside of that deer is anything but at rest. It is longing for something. That word, “longing” literally means to “pant after” something. Thirsty. Desperate. Seeking. Dry. Imagine the relief that comes to that deer once they first touch the water. Just a drop and so much is quenched.
Our souls are the same way. There is a longing within us that nothing in this world can quench. We need more of God in our lives, our church and our city.
Today, we are praying for…
- Forgiveness of our disobedience to God – Name them specifically and repent.
- A greater closeness to God than we’ve ever known before.
We are praying for Impact Church today…
- That God will continue to send more workers
- That we will multiply at least 2 new community groups this year