As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? – Psalm 42:1-2
Imagine a deer on the run. It’s being chased or hunted by its enemies. It’s on its last leg; its mouth is dry and parched, it;s panting hard, longing desperately for refreshing water. This is the kind of thirst David is experiencing, and he writes this psalm. Perhaps he felt like a hunted man, as though he was on his last leg. We know that he spent much of his life being pursued by one person or another. Whatever his circumstance, he was clear about what he needed.
We often don’t know what we need to overcome our difficulties. We think if we only had a little more money or a little more time then everything would be ok. We fail to deal with the root of our problem. David did not long for freedom. He didn’t thirst for a more comfortable life. He thirsted for God.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. – Psalm 42:1
We all understand what it is like to be thirsty. We’ve been walking in the sun, our mouth becomes dry and our body weak. Water is vital for our bodies. The dehydration of the body can quickly lead to death, but even not drinking enough each day causes much harm to our bodies and mind. Have you ever thought about the spiritual dehydration?
Could it be that you are struggling in your spiritual walk because you are not drinking enough? Do you remember the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan women? Jesus said to her
“Everyone who drinks this water (natural water from a well) will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” – John 4:13-14
If your thirsty today, Jesus invited you to come to Him and drink living water.