๐Ÿ“… As the deer pants for the water – Daily Bible Reading

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September 18, 2022

Todayโ€™s reading: Psalms 42:1-2

โ€œAs the deer pants for the waterโ€

We read in Psalms 42:1-2:

โ€‹1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God. 

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?

David is a prolific writer and he captured well how he actually feels about God. In this verse, we see how David compares his longing for the Almighty.

Water is essential for life. Without water, we are all going to die. However, water is not simply for survival, itโ€™s for comfort and refreshment. On a hot sunny day, a deer would long for the cool water. Sooner or later, the deer canโ€™t resist the need to go to the water brooks and there, receive refreshment.

As you can imagine, the deer knew that water is essential and we must always long for it. In the same manner, we should have the same longing for God as the deer longs for the water. This means that the desire to be with God is so strong that it becomes a matter of life and death for us.

We read in John 4:13-14:

13 Jesus answered and said to her, โ€œWhoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.โ€

As part of the assembly of Yahweh, we donโ€™t anymore seek any water available. We only seek the water that comes from Yahshua. We donโ€™t simply just look for the water, but the Source.

Just like the deer, we go to the water for protection, healing, comfort, and providence. Our survival depends on how strong our desire is to be with the Source of living water.

Psalm 42:1-2 is truly a wonderful illustration of how we ought to become zealous and desirous of being with our Heavenly Father.


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