"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God." (Psalm 42:1-2a NIV)
There exists in each person a longing for God. The Bible describes the longing as a thirst. In our country we often satisfy our need for food and drink before we really need it. Consequently, we rarely experience hunger or thirst. On a sunny summer day however, when one has been out for a walk a strong thirst often results. One heads home with but one thought in mind - the water that one will drink until the thirst is quenched.
The soul’s thirst for God is equally strong; it drives us to earnestly seek the living God. We can attempt to ignore the physical thirst or replace the needed drink with something else. However, the soul’s longing thirst for God can only be stilled by God Himself.
Lord, my soul pants for You in the same way the deer at eventide seeks a return to the springs to drink. I long to have fellowship with You, You the living God.