Scripture: Psalm 42
Key verses: (1-2a) “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
Reflection: Today’s psalm invites us to ask ourselves what we thirst after – the living God or something else? What is your deepest longing and how are you fulfilling it?
This may be the best time of your life or the worst. You may be on top of the world – filled with joy — or you might be wondering where God is. No matter your circumstances, what do you thirst for? Are you in a time of self-imposed exile trying to discover where to go next? Have you hit rock bottom because of foolish choices? Perhaps you are longing for rest because you have over worked and lost connection with those you love most. Whatever your circumstances, turn toward God. Remember the promises that God has made to you and place your hope in the One who loves you.
Prayer: Loving God, with joy and thanksgiving we give all praise to you. Remind us that you are with us in times of trouble and mourning and times of laughter and peace. Cultivate a spirit of longing within us that we might seek you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Author: Deborah Conner
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].