17 Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.
These passages are a reminder to us of the true roots of sonship. Underneath all the grandiose doctrines of so-called “Kingdom Teaching” lies the true foundation of all that we will ever experience in God. A respected man of God once said that everyone calling themselves a minister should have a private room somewhere with the walls decorated not with awards and achievements, but sackcloth. When all is said and done it’s the humility and brokenness in our spirits that qualifies us as sons.
This is a realm beyond simply praising the Lord when things don’t go right. It is being crushed in a place of jackals until all that is left is our drive to worship Him. These passages show us that all God’s wonderful promises and provisions are not the basis of our worship. Proverbs says hope deferred makes the heart sick. Have you ever been heart sick for the fulfillment of God’s word? Why do things seem to linger many times? It is because the Lord creates in His sons a love and worship of Himself that the world and pseudo Christianity can never understand. Sons are what we become, not a doctrine we hold.
1 ¶ For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah. As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God, With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
5 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.
6 ¶ O my God, my soul is in despair within me; Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
“Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls. All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.” It is in the breakers and waves rolling over us that brokenness is created within our spirits. The deep calling to deep is our spirits bowing in submission to God’s spirit in a way that pleases Him.
This message is not meant to be morbid. Let’s read the rest of Psalm 42.
8 The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.
9 I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
11 Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
Inexplicably, it’s the very thing that crushes us that creates the necessary faith and love to walk as a son before Him. God will meet us, but not before He brings the soul life to total despair. The soul life presumes much but walks in very little. As the illusions of the soul life are broken, we behold the Lord afresh, embracing Him in our spirits. This is how we become sons of His delight.
“The Lord GOD is my strength, And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, And makes me walk on my high places.”