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The Puruit Of God


"As the deer pants for streams of the water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When can I go to meet with God" (Ps. 42:1-2).

Years ago when I was running for exercise. I had an Irish Setter who would go on 5 and 6 mile runs with me. On hot days, after a few miles she would be panting. There was a stream along one of our runs, and she would always stop in relief of her thirst, for a long drink. In this passage, the Psalmist uses the illustration of a deer craving water to quench its thirst. I view the deer as almost to the point of exhaustion, perhaps after being pursued. In this context, the writer tells of his powerful longing for God. "As the deer pants for the water streams of water, so my soul pants for you."

If you have ever seen an animal in this kind of distress from lack of water, you know what condition he is in. It looks like in this scripture, that the writer feels this same distress. There is something pursuing him also. I believe that until our God occupies His rightful place in our hearts, that we are in that distress. We are just not complete. Our hearts are restless until they find rest in Him. The psalmist here is not panting for a car, a new job, or more money. He is trying to quench the inner thirst of his heart. The one that can only be quenched with the presence of our Lord. It looks like his desire was for a deeper awareness of the reality of the Living God in his life.

When James writes about the trials and temptations of life in chapter one, he considers them as "pure joy." He says that through our faith, perseverance is developed. When we are in trial, and God seems so far away, we should develop an even greater thirst for Him. In His presence we will find the satisfaction and contentment we are longing for.

In Psalm 73,after envying the prosperity of the wicked, the Psalmist says this in verse 25. "Whom have in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You." Don't allow the blessings in life obscure the Giver. The blessings should lead us on a straighter and more direct path to Him. As our thirsts are quenched by His living waters, our satisfaction will be complete. After all, "The earth has nothing I desire besides You."

Have a wonderful day....Make a difference....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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