“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You O God. My soul thirsts for You, the Living God.”
Lord, the vain philosophies of man are overwhelming and dividing our country. People are blindly following the traditions of men rather than seeking spiritual values and answers. Young people are being deceived as the evil one’s influence seeps into our values and behavior standards.
It’s as if a dark veil has been pulled over their senses and spirits. This is why my spirit is so downcast. We are drifting further and further from Your truth and Your purpose for our lives and our county.
But Your solution in this Psalm is to put my hope in You.
The Hebrew word for hope is “tiqvah”, defined as a cord that attaches one thing to another. It’s from the root word “qavah” which means to bind together, twisted for increased strength. It is the word used for the cord that binds a ship to its anchor.
A ship will drop its anchor in times of troubled seas, when it can no longer steer itself against the strong waves. It is the anchor that keeps it from drifting too far and being completely lost.
You are my anchor, Lord. You keep me from drifting too far and being completely lost.
My hope is what keeps me tightly and securely bound to You, keeping me safe in the storms of life. And it is what gives me hope for my family and our nation. There is life after storms. And “I will yet praise You!”