As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O 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.

Picture the deer as it runs through the forest seeking water to quench its thirst. It eagerly laps up the water when it come to the flowing brook.

I have often felt thirsty for God when I could not seem to get to Him in a time of trouble. The longer I am in the situation the thirstier I become for Him. Then when I finally break through to His presence (He is always there we just do not perceive Him) I drink deeply as I enjoy His fellowship and I am refreshed.

The psalmists compares the deer to His own inner search for God. Scripture promises when we drink 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.” Rev. 21: 6b, “to Him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.”

I resolve to run to Him with my spiritual thirst just as the deer runs to the water brook to satisfy thirst. I want to drink deeply of the living water Godprovided in Jesus and want to have opportunities to share this living water with others as I live my life.

© Peggy Park

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