“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’ [italics mine]. These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng.
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. [italics mine] My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon– from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me– a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?” [italics mine]. Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42
Do you often find yourself pondering this same question that the sons of Korah ask, “Where is your God?” This question does not mean that we have become atheists or have given up on God; but simply that we are being challenged in our faith. The Psalmist here mentions those who “taunt” him with this question of God’s presence and protection against his enemies. Do you receive this same question from your friends and family as they deal with challenges and want direction from you? I believe we find two things from this short Psalm. First, the sons of Korah both praise God through knowing their hope, direction and praise is in God. Second, they also reveal their internal human quality of questioning their situation before God. Job, Moses, John the Baptist all exemplified this. Our human need often times is to wonder; and to share that wonder with God. We must, however, keep in mind that superior to our questions and challenges are our eternal hope and strength in God through His Son Jesus Christ (Rom 8.35-39).
~~ Andy Burns