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As the Deer Pants

Updated: May 20, 2021

From Tuesday, April 6, 2021.


Do you struggle with your faith? Do you know God is good and faithful and loving and yet struggle with sadness, anxiety, uncertainty? You are not alone!


Maybe 'faith' was the wrong word, but I often say to myself, if you know God is good, if you know God loves you, if you know He will always take care of you, if you know Jesus died for your sins and is coming back to get you, why do you worry?!? Why are you sad? Why are you anxious when unexpected things come up in your life? WHY?"


I guess it is because we are alive and well on planet earth and planet earth right now is not well.


There is a song titled As The Deer. It is one of my favorites. Did you know that song was loosely written from the book of Psalm?


The song begins "As the deer pants for the water so my soul longs after You. You alone are my heart's desire, and I long to worship You"


Psalm 42:1,2 ESV "As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God...."


The chapter goes on to describe emotions that we all too often feel ourselves.


Interesting face: Overviewbible.com says "The sons (or descendants) of Korah wrote 11 psalms: Psalm 42; Psalms 44–49; Psalms 84–85; Psalms 87-88" And according to biblestudytools.com "Descendants of the Korahites served as doorkeepers and soldiers with King David. Three descendants of the line of Korah go on to become great musical masters and pen the Psalms: Heman, Asaph, and Ethan. Heman, a grandson of Samuel, penned Psalm 88, and was known for his wisdom. Asaph, one of the leaders of David’s choir, served as a musician and seer. Other men by the name of Asaph serve men such as King Hezekiah and Nehemiah. And Ethan (or Jeduthan), another one of David’s chief musicians, also served as a prophet like Asaph. He, Asaph, and Heman served as choral directors of the Psalms, which would have been accompanied by music."


There have been many times in my life when I was that person who was struggling. Perhaps there will be times to come where I struggle with that person, but we are not alone. Generations before us have had that struggle, even the author of Psalm 42 but we have assurance that God loves us.


Psalm 42:1, 2, 5, 6, 8,9,11, ESV "As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God...Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. My soul is cast down within me...By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, and at night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. I say to God, my rock: "...Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?" Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God."


God is our rock. He is our salvation. Keep your eyes on Him and rest in the assurance that God has a steadfast love for you!


Keep your eyes on Jesus and remember, He is coming soon! Have a blessed day

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