The writer is describing the thought of a deer panting for streams of water and likens it to his soul panting for the Lord. Picture that a deer panting for water. I am thinking about my dogs who pant for water or so anxious to eat that they almost knock me down. Now imagine that you are so anxious to meet the Lord or yearning for the Lord that you are giddy and standing in expectation. So the next time that you go to church or you are in your prayer closet,or worshiping now you come in with expectation to meet the Lord, not to hear about Him but to meet Him. Now it is no longer church as usual but you can't wait to get to church, you can't wait to go in to your prayer closet and drop to your knees and meet the Lord.
And This is why the writer is standing in expectation because of what he has gone through. He says that his tears have been his food day and night while people say to him all day long, Where is your GOD?
Can you see it happening...not because I have no money to get something to eat but because I have no appetite to eat because I am deep in sorrow. I remember when I would praise you GOD and have joy under the protection of the Mighty One. Shouts of joy but now my soul is warring inside of me, full of anxiety, something within me burns. I am in deep sorrow that my bones are in anguish. People antagonize and they ask, Where is your GOD?
David cried out in Psalms 35, Lord say unto my soul "I am thy salvation". Sometimes doubt may try to come in and you may have to ask the Lord to speak directly to your soul and say I am thy salvation.
The writer encouraged himself and said "Put your hope in GOD, for I will yet praise Him, my savior and my GOD."
So this is why the writer is standing in the posture of expectation to meet GOD. Because in the presence of the Lord is fullness of joy and at His right hand there are pleasures for evermore. In Jesus Name Amen.
Lord, say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
In the presence of the Lord is fullness of joy and at His right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah. 1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 4 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 Onewith shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. 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. 6 My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. 8 By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” 10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 11 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. Psalms 42 NIV