1 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
2 My soul thirsts for God,
3 My tears have been my food
4 These things I remember,
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
6 and my God.
from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep
8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
9 I say to God, my rock:
Why do I go mourning
10 As with a deadly wound in my bones,
11 Why are you cast down, O my soul,
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
The earning and desire for the Lord becomes clear as we read on. They are desperate and in need for the Lord’s deliverance. They are weeping and crying out their pleas before God, day and night in desperation. They seek the Lord, among the tauntings of those that ask, “Where is your God?” Usually the question is asked in a situation of brokenness and desperation where there does not seem to be hope.
But in their cast down situation, they are reminded of the hope in the Lord which is cause to praise Him. There is such beautiful imagery in this psalm: deep calls to deep, the Lord commands his steadfast love by day, by night his song is over us — “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing” (Zeph 3:17).
What an awesome God that we serve! We are protected by His steadfast and faithful love. No matter where we turn, His provisions, His salvation, and His presence is over us, and that satisfies the deepness of our hearts when we are afflicted and in need. Whether we are being taunted we can rest assured in the hope and salvation we have in Christ. What a mighty privilege we have as believers: That as we pant and desire for God in the deep outcries of our hearts, He is faithful to meet us, fill us, and satisfy our thirsts with Himself.