On Psalm 42:1

YOUR WEEKLY DOSE OF DIETRICH BONHOEFFER

Psalm 42:1, “As a deer longs for the water brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.”

Have you heard the bellowing of a hart penetrating a cold autumn night in the forest?  The whole forest trembles under the its longing cry.  Here a human soul cries out, not for some earthly good, but for God.  A devout person, from whom God is far removed, longs for the God of grace and salvation.  She knows the God to whom she cries.  She is not the seeker after the unknown God who will never find anything.  She once experienced God’s help and nearness.  Therefore, she does not call into the void.  She calls for her God.  We can only rightly seek God when God has already revealed himself to us, when we have found him before.

Lord God, awaken in my soul a great longing for you.  You know me and I know you.  Help me to seek you and find you.  Amen.

 

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