Reconnecting With God – Psalms 42:1- 5
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Ps 42:5
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Ps 42:2
Our focus this month is “Hungering and Thirsting for God.” Hunger and thirst are feelings or cravings we express for the things we desire or have appetite for. While these desires are expressed for physical things, they can also be expressed for spiritual things. We see the Psalmist crave for God when he said, “When can I go to meet my God?”
It is important to note that one cannot hunger or thirst for what one does not have appetite for and one cannot have appetite for something one has never experienced or at least been introduced to. A newborn baby doesn’t crave for anything else apart from breast milk. No chocolate, biscuit or ice cream can entice that baby. The baby starts having appetite for such things when the mother starts introducing those things in the foods that the baby is being offered.
In our passage of consideration, Psalms 42, we saw that the Psalmist was going through or had just gone through a difficult time as the following statement of his suggests:
“My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?” Ps 42:3-5a
The Psalmist remembered the days, time and moments he spent with God in the past. He remembered ‘how it used to be’ in God’s presence. This reflection rejuvenated his hunger and thirst for God such that he sought to reconnect with his God:
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Ps 42: 1-2
Perhaps like the Psalmist, we have gone through (or are going through) a difficult time and this has caused a ‘separation’ between us and God. We can begin to reconnect back to God by reflecting on those great times we spent with God in the past. Remember the encounters, the joy and peace, the revelation of his word, and the assurance of his presence.
More practically, to be able to reconnect to God appropriately, we must identify, acknowledge and confess those things that had caused the ‘separation’ from God; such as sin, lukewarmness, busyness, worldly entanglement, deceit, disappointment, offence etc. Open up your heart to God’s word again, be intentional about prayer; talk to God as your maker, father, and friend. Listen to inspirational music that will lighten up your soul and draw your heart closer to God. Ensure that you spend quality time with God each day. Get more involved in God’s service and serve God more faithfully.
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