Life in David’s day really wasn’t that much different than the life we live today. Just as it is for us, King David would find himself in areas of that looked like wilderness. Though Canaan, much as Florida, is a fruitful land and with numerous people living on the land, but there were places of wilderness. Most generally these were places where the average person could or would not live. This Psalm David wrote came from his period of deep depression which often came upon David as he reflected upon many things he did which were disobedient to Yahweh’s will.
The point to this story shared in Psalms is that this is how we find life here on earth, but not how it will be in heaven. We can follow David’s example as we read these verses he wrote; “O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (v.1). We also find the need to call ourselves out, to call upon our God to bless us through this dry period of our lives. Whenever we feel down and we have to look up to see the belly of a snake, there is only one place to turn and that is the same God who blest David. God will accept our remorse and will give us His love and peace.
O Lord God, the maker of heaven and earth, whose love for all of creation will never end, accept me as I am and make me more as you would have me to be. In Your Son’s Name I Pray. Amen.