Deep Calls to Deep-
We spend our lives making and building friendships. As our friendships grow, so does our trust in people. It’s a great feeling to know that when we go through something hard, we can call someone up and they will be right by our side. But, sometimes we go through a hard time, and those friendships we have come to rely on falter; we may even feel like we have been abandoned by those closest to us. Trust falls to the wayside and we wonder where everyone is. These feelings sometimes get projected at God as well; maybe even feeling like God is no longer there.
David too, felt rejection from those he held close to his heart. In a troubled time, all those he called friends and family left his side, leaving him to deal with his problems on his own. His heart was downcast and his soul was heavy. It was from this dark place that he sat down and wrote Psalm 42.
It is in these dark, quiet moments that our heart reaches out to the very depth of God’s heart. What David writes in the beginning beats true for all of us when we are in a troubled spot—
“I long to drink of you, O God, drinking deeply from the streams of pleasure flowing from your presence. My longings overwhelm me for more of you! My soul thirsts, pants, and longs for the living God. I want to come and see the face of God.”
I can see David over the campfire, tears pouring down his face. Instead of being bitter, David states how much he wants MORE of God. His only heart’s desire in that moment is to see God’s face and feel HIS presence.
When humanity fails us, God is there to step in and show us that all we need is him. Sometimes we go through seasons in our friendships so that God can show us that he is the friend that will always be by our side and never let us down. He’s the one that can heal our brokenness and sadness and make us complete in Him.
If you are going through a dry season, a season of heartache, or a season where your friendships aren’t where they used to be, take this week and find a quiet moment by your campfire. Allow God to open that wound that is hurting and begin to heal it. Let God show you how vast His love for you is. As you draw upon Him and build relationship with Him, he in turn will heal your earthly friendships, fill you up to the brim with his spirit, and make your heart whole.
Pastor Mark and the Devotional team