In the world but not of it

July 8, 2010

Finding water…

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As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. Psalms 42:1

Life has a tendency of becoming busy. We have demands placed upon us, we take on responsibilities ourselves and for the most part you find yourself with lots to do. Somewhere in there we cultivate our relationship with God.

We have our “quiet time” each day – reading our Bible, praying, worshiping…then we go off to face the day before us. Yes, for many there exists a routine, a structured plan and purpose for each day…

But in this routine not too many find themselves longing for God the way the Psalmist expresses it here in Psalms 42. The term “longs for” is the updated term you will find for the word “panteth” in the King James Version. It brings the idea of being completely parched and scorched, dried up and desperately needing water, refreshment and rejuvenation.

The metaphor with the deer is excellent because you can see the picture in your mind of a deer frantically running and bouncing about trying to find even the smallest trickle of a stream to refresh itself and take in water.

It is believed that David wrote this Psalms in response to the rebellion of his son, Absalom, who forced him to be driven out of Jerusalem. In other words, it was a crisis, a trial that brought David to the place where he was parched spiritually. Isn’t this the way that God often deepens our walk? It isn’t our preferred method but the Lord knows that unless He gets our attention with a matter that our tendency is to get busy and perhaps negligent in our relationship.

Today, don’t fight or despise what the Lord has placed before you. If you are parched and thirsty for God’s direction and leading then know He has allowed it so that you will be thirsty for Him and not for what you want from Him. Let us use these times of dryness as opportunities to draw closer, dig deeper until we strike the water from which we will never thirst.

“Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! John 7:37-38

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