Read: Psalm 42
My soul thirsts for God. (v. 2)
Can you go back to a place you’ve never been? Of course not. Can you miss someone you’ve never known or loved? No, not really. When you’re feeling discouraged your heart cries out, “My soul pants for you, O God.” When such a cry is real, be assured. Such a cry is sure evidence you know and are known by your heavenly Father and are loved by your Savior.
In the analogy of a journey, check your “review” mirror. Remember where you’ve been. Follow the example of the psalm writer, who was encouraged when he recalled the high places of his journey with God in the land of Jordan, the heights of Hermon (v. 6). You too can recall those past moments in worship with God’s people, rich moments of joy and thanksgiving as you heard God’s Word and sang hymns of praise with the congregation. Remember times when your heart felt filled with God. Such memories have the power of bringing you encouragement when you need it now.
Again, as the psalm writer did, question yourself, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” (v. 4). Be sure to also make the psalmist’s affirmation, “I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” (v. 5).
Prayer: God of comfort and joy, be near to all shut-ins whose great loss is no longer being able to attend worship. Give to each one the confidence of saying, “I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”