Today’s Reading: Psalm 42
1 As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God? - Psalm 42:1-2
Recently while preaching my mouth became very parched, my throat and voice began to become very strained, I was struggling to talk, and soon found myself craving water. Fortunately, Lori came to my rescue with water. This is my most recent experience but have had many other instances like you when thirst is overwhelming. The psalmist finds himself in deep spiritual thirst born out of circumstances we later read has his soul downcast. This is certainly an important time to thirst for God, for our soul to search and long for God. I am drawn to the psalmist who reminds us the God he thirsts for is the living God. This was important to his hearers but also aligns with Jesus’ teaching that He is living water, poured out from the living God, poured out in such a way we will thirst no longer. As necessary as it is for us to long for God when circumstances have bruised our soul, what a beautiful position we find ourselves in when our soul simply longs for Him as a natural response to our relationship with Him. The living God who gives life to our soul. Let us give thanks for the opportunity and invitation to always pant after God as a deer pants after the very substance that sustains life. And when our soul is seeking the living God, we will find spaces and places to meet with him. What a blessing and what a reason for thanksgiving.
Heavenly Father, create in me a longing for you that causes my soul to seek the living God not only when my soul is downcast but in every facet of my existence. In every step of my journey I want to seek after you knowing you are the only source that can give and sustain life. For only in you will we thirst no more. I give thanks today for this invitation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.