Psalm 42:1-4 – “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; When shall I come and appear before God?  3 My tears have been my food day and night, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 4 These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go along with the throng and  lead them in procession to the house of God, With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.” NASU

What a picture of ‘thirsting for God’ – the deer panting for the water brooks in a thirsty and barren land and time.  But the picture is even larger when you consider the hart or deer after a long run from being hunted and in desperation will seek the brook or stream and go out in the middle where it is deepest and swim avoiding the banks, brush, or anything that might hide or house the hound or the predator. 

The picture is one that we would do well to have inscribed upon our consciousness that we need to go out into the deep of the refreshing of the Spirit of the Lord avoiding the banks, the bushes, or anything where the predator of our soul can be hidden.  In the deepest flow of God’s Spirit, Grace, Strength, Mercy, and Love we are safe and refreshed.

In those troubled times we are stretched beyond measure and sometimes may despair of life but in the stream of God there is refreshing and life.  When the skeptics and naysayers challenge us asking “Where Is Your God?” we must remember what it is like being in the presence of the Most High!  We must remember what it is like to go with joy and thanksgiving. We must remember that in the Stream of God there is refreshing, there is peace, there is safety, and there is strength.

How much do you long for God the Living God?  Are you panting for Him?  Are you hungering and thirsting for Him?  Is your soul crying out to the level and degree that without a refreshing from Him you will perish?  Is touching Him and having Him touch you the most important thing in your life right now? 

As you go through this day go with an intensified hunger and thirst for God, the Living God!  He will not disappoint you but will come to you with the refreshing of the Lord! 

Blessings as you go through your day!

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