“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” — Psalm 42:1 NKJV

Do you know what it is like to be really thirsty and not be able to get water? Three days is about the longest most living creatures can live without water. There are a few exceptions, such as camels and elephants which have built in storage systems.

I picture the deer as it runs through the forest seeking water to quench its thirst. It eagerly laps up water when it comes upon the flowing brook.

I can relate to the scripture which pictures a deer panting for a stream of water. I have often felt thirsty for God when I could not seem to get to Him in a time of great need. (He is always there; sometimes we just do not perceive his presence). The longer I am in this situation the thirstier I become for Him. When I finally do break through I drink deeply as I enjoy His fellowship and I am refreshed.

The Psalmist compares the deer to his own inner search for God. Scripture promises that when we thirst not only can we drink but we will have water to pour out to others.

Jesus proclaims in John 7:37 “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘if anyone thirsts let him come to me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”’

We are encouraged by Rev. 21:6b “to him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”

Prayer: Lord, help me to always be aware of my need to drink deeply of the spiritual water you generously provide. Give me opportunities to share this living water with others as I live my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

© Peggy Park

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