Unspeakable Joy Devotional

1.25 Twenty19


Psalm 42:1  “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”

The Psalms are quite empowering to read for our souls.  The Psalms were given to us as a way to express our feelings.  The Psalms give voice to our anxieties, fears, and show us how to give our cares to the Lord and renew our trust in him.

This is a familiar verse and I think the illustration is helpful to all of us.  The hart (deer) has found benefit of drinking.  When a deer is hunted, and he has run hard, he will take to water as his last refuge.  The Psalmist also feeling pursued, spent and nearly ready to give up, he pants for God, for the living God to find life, and be safe from death.

David was heartsick.  He wanted the enjoyment of communion with God as an urgent need to his soul.  He finds that he is like a parched traveler in the wilderness, who has no water, finds the well dry, he must drink or die-he must have God or faint.  Do you know what it is like to feel the way David felt?  To be thirsty is a perpetual appetite, and so is the heart’s longing after God.  When it is as natural for us to long for God as for an animal to thirst.  Are you longing for something more than what you’ve got?  Think about your relationship with God and ask yourself “Do I have a passion to know God?  Do I pursue after God with an aggressive attitude that says “I’m going to know God if it’s the last thing I do?”

As a deer longs for streams of water, so my soul longs for you, God.

Use God’s word to talk with God.

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