As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. Psalm 42:1 There is only one thing that wins a man’s heart, and that is the sight of God’s heart; and it is only when we know how precious His lovingkindness is that we shall be drawn towards Him. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and see the face of God? Psalm 42:2 God’s presence in our lives is absolutely unchanging, but the evidence of His presence is not. On some occasions God may purposely alter the evidence of His presence to bring the most benefit from our experience. Beth Moore, b.1957, Christian author and teacher, Breaking Free

My tears have been my food by day and by night, while they say to me all the day, Where is your God? Psalm 42:3 Again and again people can have their hearts broken; they can be depressed of spirit, or sick with shame or guilt, or driven half mad with fear or worry, and their Bible lies unopened, its promises unclaimed, even unread. Ray C. Stedman

When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to… Psalm 42:4a It is of no use to pray for the old days; stand square where you are and make the present better than any past has been. Oswald Chambers, 1874–1917

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5 Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. Sarah Ban Breathnach