每日诗歌: As the deer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZv3jzOTE70)
实际上，给了这首歌灵感的那首诗篇描绘的是一个非常不同的画面。 “神啊，我的心切慕你，如鹿切慕溪水”（诗42:1）。它描述了一个非常绝望的情形如“我昼夜以眼泪当饮食”（42:3），而当诗人追想他当年领众人到神的殿里的那些日子，他的心极其悲伤（42:4）。这鹿是如此切慕溪水，但水却无处可寻。没有宁静和平安。他问自己：“我的心哪，你为何忧闷？为何在我里面烦躁？”（42:5）。到目前为止，这首诗篇流露了一个神的追随者的忧虑。 （42:2）“我几时得朝见神呢？”
Psalm 41 [Read]
Psalm 42 [Read]
Psalm 43 [Read]
Acts 24 [Read]
“As the deer” by Martin Nystrom is one of the most popular praise songs among Christians today. Its soothing melody presents a serene picture of a lone deer drinking water from a secluded creek, while its simple lyric draws us to an intimacy with our Lord that every Christian long for in his or her life. Indeed, “you alone is our strength my shield; and to you alone may my spirit yield”. Amen!
In reality, the psalm that inspired this song depicts a very different picture. “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God” (Ps 42:1). It actually describes a pretty desperate situation where “my tears have been my food day and night” (42:3), and the psalmist was pouring out his soul as he remembered the days he led the processing to the house of God (42:4). The deer was panting for the water, but the water was nowhere to be found. There was no serenity or peace. He asked himself “why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?” (42:5). So far, the psalm shows an anxious follower of God. “When can I go and meet with God?” (42:2)
But the desperation did not turn into despair and bitterness. The mood was changed by that simple yet wonderful adverb “therefore”. “My soul is downcast within me, therefore I will remember you” (42:6). From the deep trouble he was experiencing, the psalmist called for the deep love the LORD had shown and would again show him. “Deep calls to deep” (42:7). What a beautiful picture! Instead of the serene picture of a deer drinking water from the creek, the psalmist delivers an overwhelming picture of him covered by “your waterfalls” and “your waves and breakers”. With the Lord on my side, whom shall I fear?
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (42:11). The mood is totally changed from verse 5 now. It’s no longer a desperate shout from the depth of trouble, but a victorious roar from the depth of God’s love and protection. In this world, we shall have troubles. While we are in deep trouble, may we all remember the “panting”, the “therefore”, but, most importantly, the “deep calls to the deep”.
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