The Message Behind the Music

April 29, 2018

This week we will be singing the praise song As the Deer.  This song (based on Psalm 42) starts out, “As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs for you.” The song continues and is very uplifting about our Lord being our “heart’s desire and our strength and shield” but if you read the psalm you see that the psalmist is struggling.  He talks of tears being his food day and night and that his foes taunt him asking, “Where is your God?” This is a very dark time for the psalmist but he says to himself, “Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” These words are in the psalm twice; once in verse 5 and the other time in verse 11.  It is so important because he acknowledges his discouragement and distress but he makes the decision to put his hope in God and despite his feelings to praise his Savior and God.  Though praising and having hope may seem odd in a time like this it is very crucial to making it through a tough time.  Hopelessness will never lead you to a solution because it doesn’t think there is one!   But hope is that light you can barely see – or sometimes you can’t see it but you know it’s there, that will lead you to God and the help He has for you. “ And hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts…” Rom. 5:5

Until next week! 




Kathy deGruchy Director, Music Ministry