Psalm 42 and 43 belong together.
In these Psalms we hear a passionate cry for the presence of God:
As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?
It seems they are deported captives away from Gods holy city and desire to return:
3 Send forth your light and your truth,
let them guide me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.
4 Then will I go to the altar of God,
to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the harp,
O God, my God.
They found comfort in the knowledge of the holy mountain, they knew where God was. They knew he dwelt within the walls of Jerusalem, within the walls of the holy of holies.
They were desperate to return to the presence of God.
On Sunday we were reminded that the presence of God, that God himself would dwell in us:
18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. John 14:18-20.
God’s people have his presence dwelling within them. Now longer can we be separated from him.
Do we rejoice with a passionate cry? For God dwells in us.
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