“I’m Desperate for You.” As we sang out these words last Sunday, yearning for God together, and then responded to the message with the Modern Hymn “My Portion,” I was moved by the satisfaction we can find in God. In Psalm 42, the Psalmist says, “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night while they say to me all day long, “Where is your God? (ESV)” Many times in my own life, I have felt as the Psalmist did, including this past Sunday. I also heard that several people felt their need for God on Sunday as we sang and heard the Word. This is an appropriate and valuable feeling. It is crucial in the Christian life to long after God, as we see through the Psalms and many other places in the Scripture. However, we should not leave our feelings to themselves but ask ourselves, as the Psalmist does, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” And then preach to ourselves as the Psalmist does “Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” We may feel as if we are alone and without God; that will happen, but we must not leave those feelings alone.
Martin Loyde Jones once said in relation to Psalm 42, “Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they start talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc.” “Somebody is talking. Who is talking? Yourself is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment was this; instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. ‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul?’ he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says: ‘Self, listen for a moment; I will speak to you.”
We have access to God through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus, who is even now interceding (pleading) for us to the Father. We have access through Him to our Creator and thereby satisfaction. We no longer have to have our thirst go unquenched. Hope In God; for we shall again praise him, our salvation, and our God. Here is a playlist of songs centered around these ideas.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied (Matt 5:6).”