1 Like as the hart for water-brooks
The Righteous One in His weariness looking up to the Father for refreshment
Instruction is vital in the Christian life; that is why pastors and teachers are gifted to the church. David writes this as a maschil, or instruction, not only to the sons of Korah, but for all generations.
In the midst of the oppression of his enemies and their baiting of him by taunting, “Where is thy God,” he cries to God to remember him. As is often the case in our own lives, we question why, when, where? Why am I in this state, why am I cast down, why hast thou forgotten? It is true that he was dejected because of continual opposition, but the cause of his disquiet was the absence of God from his life.
Yet he had an insatiable desire for God in the middle of it all, and that gave him hope. He was able to challenge his soul, and encourage it away from its depressive thoughts. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, or hopelessness, he earnestly talks to himself, and incites aspirations for God’s restored presence. This is for our admonition and learning.