Psalm 42:1-2a, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;”
This past weekend our family was blessed to get the opportunity to take off on a weekend excursion to Mountain View, Arkansas. I love Mt. View for so many reasons, but it is such a beautiful place nestled inside the Natural state. The picture above is part of the natural springs that flow out of Blanchard Springs Caverns which eventually make their way into the White River. My son, brother-in-law, and myself had a great time as we hiked through this area to fish in different parts of the springs. We really did not catch anything, but God gave us some awesome views of His creation along the way.
As I reflected back on these pictures and thought about our adventure through this water it reminded me of Psalm 42, and especially the first two verses. The Lord put some things on my heart as I reflected on Psalm 42 and my experience in that water this past weekend.
First of all, it was a reminder of man’s condition. Man is in constant need of God. As sinners we are in need of Him as a Savior. However, even though I am saved I am in constant need of Him every day. Every single day I am battered by the people, circumstances, and things of this world. It’s not easy being a Christian and walking a walk that brings glory to God in this world we live in. I suspect it never has been, and I don’t see it getting any easier. However, we must realize our condition which is that we are in constant need of God.
Second, it was a reminder that we have a thirst. That thirst is just like what the Psalmist penned in Psalm 42. “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You”. That constant need for God creates a thirstiness for God. My soul longs to know God. My soul longs to be more like Him, and less like myself. My soul wants to know Him more every single day of my life. The closer I get to God, and the more I know Him makes me realize how much more I want Him every day.
Third, it was a reminder that He is the Satisfier. A deer pants for water because a deer becomes thirsty from his need to be hydrated. I am in constant need of God; therefore I my soul is thirsty for God – for the living God. I can only be satisfied with the One True living God. Nothing or no one else will suffice. There is nothing or no one that can meet that need. It’s like trying to quench your thirst with a Coke. A Coke may taste good, but it will not do what good ole fashion water will do. Coke will leave you thirsty, but water will hydrate and quench your thirst. Other things and people may seem adequate, but only God can really satisfy the deep longing thirstiness of man.