There’s a reason that the writer of Hebrews told the early Christians not to stop meeting together and encouraging one another (Hebrews 10:25). The writer of Psalm 42 is feeling the effects of not being able to worship God in his temple and it is making his soul downcast.
Today, we have things easier than the Psalmist. The Jews of the Old Testament had to worship God in the temple. Today, we can worship God everywhere. There are churches in every town, Bibles easily available in bookstores or even online, prayer meetings and online preachers and worship CDs. We are surrounded by opportunities to learn about and worship the Lord.
But are we thirsty? Do we, like the Psalmist, long for God? As we busy ourselves with church meetings and projects and Bible studies and service, do we remember that it is the Lord who is at the heart of it all?
Jesus tells us to “Seek first [God’s] Kingdom and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). However long we’ve been a Christian and however many years we’ve been faithfully attending church, we serve a God who is far greater than we can even imagine.
Wherever we are in our walk with him, there is always more. When we become settled with what we have, forgetting to seek God first, then we may begin to find our own souls becoming downcast.
So, are you thirsty? Do you hunger for God’s word? Do you long to see him move in power in your life, your church, your community? Today, let us ask God to renew our thirst for him, and to quench it by his Spirit.
Meditation verse: Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.