The Psalmist remembers a time when his experience with God was rich and full, when he led the way to worship with gladness and joy. But now he is dry, spiritually parched, far from the “springs” of Jerusalem. Unable to regularly meet with God and His people, He is both thirsty and drowning at the same time – salt water is plentiful, but true refreshment is hard to find. Yet he finds his hope in this: even when he is far from Jerusalem, he can still pray to God, and at night His song is with him. The thirsty Psalmist is content with a drop and a promise. He trusts in God to return him to the temple for a long draught of thirst-quenching worship. As you come to worship today, rejoice that God has brought you here – it is an undeserved kindness not to be taken for granted. And lift up a prayer for those who are absent or unable to attend, that God would restore them soon.
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