“Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and
my prayer unto the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:7-8)
The yearning of the Psalmist’s soul for God is the keynote of Psalm 42. “As a hart [small deer] longs
for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, 0 God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” All of us
have felt that yearning, especially in the great crises of life. It is the deepest yearning of man’s being, and no
man can truly live until that yearning is satisfied. As Augustine said, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, 0 God,
and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”
David, in his prayer, uses the beautiful phrase, “the God of my life.” To David, God was a personal God;
the God who created him, provided for him, protected him and ordered his life and destiny. Think how well
David knew God! Think of the events in David’s life when he trusted in God and depended wholly upon God to
strengthen, guide, protect, and deliver him. Now consider how the Psalms of David express the outpourings of
his heart and soul in praise and worship, in prayer and supplication, gratitude and devotion to the God of his
The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David is the God of your life and of my life; the God of each
one of His children. Each of us may say, “He is the Creator of my life; the Provider of my life; the Redeemer of
my life; the Perfecter of my life.” “The Lord is my shepherd.” “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.” He is
“my help and my God.”
Ours should be a prayer of adoration and praise to the Lord, our Rock, and our Redeemer. He is the God
of our life. And, we must not forget all His love and goodness and mercy to us … to ours who are near and dear
to us. Then our prayers will freely expand to include asking Him to direct our steps in the path of His will and
that He would enable us to fulfill His purpose for us in all that we do.
And, finally, our prayers will seek His help that we would love Him and serve Him as we ought.