Longing for God

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 42:1-11

The great Bishop Augustine said, “O God, you have made us for yourself, and we are restless until we rest in you.” Someone has said, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart that can only be filled by God.” Everyone was created in the image of God and therefore has longings that only God can satisfy. People look for fulfillment in the wrong places. The result is tragedy and depression. As we seek to evangelize, it is helpful to realize this truth.

The psalmist compares the person with downcast feelings to a deer, chased by the hunters, weary, perhaps wounded. Tremendously thirsty, the deer eagerly seeks a stream of water. The psalmist is saying, “That’s how I feel. I long for God.” Are you weary or wounded? Turn to God.

Unbelievers have this longing but may not understand it. The psalmist is depressed (v. 5). He asks himself why he feels down. He answers himself by saying, “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

Are there times when you are depressed? Put your hope in God. The future will be better because God has promised to be our Rock.


Father, our longings can only be satisfied by you. Give us that satisfaction and assurance. Amen.