Psalm 42: 1-2 “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”
Everyone gets thirsty sometime. Working or playing hard makes us thirsty. Eating certain foods make us thirsty. Some medicines we take make us thirsty. The power of suggestion can make us thirsty. The doctor may tell us to drink so many ounces of water every day. There are many reason why we get thirsty. We need to satisfy that thirst.
The Psalmist tells us that his soul got thirsty. So thirsty he was panting like the deer does for the water brooks. But the psalmist’s thirst was for God. The next verses tell us that he cried day and night to know God. Did not care about eating food, just wanted to be with God. What a challenge to us. How much do we pant for God? Do we just long to feel God’s presence? A thirst to spend time with Him in order to know Him better.
When we read the Word of God, doesn’t it create a thirst to read more and a longing to know more about Jesus. Prayer time just creates a thirst to want more of God. Truly our hearts thirst for Him. A little taste makes us want more. Who can satisfy the soul but God. Who loves us more than God. Paul also yearned to know Him as he said in Philippians. This is one area that will never be satisfied until we are with Him. We are panting and thirsting to know Jesus better and walk closer with Him. How do we get our thirst satisfied? Just like we get to know a friend. Spend time with them, talk to them, be in their presence. Oh, just the same with God. Spend time with Him, talk to Him and let Him talk back to us. Remember the two on the road to Emmaus when Jesus walked and talked with them? They said their hearts burned within them when He talked with them. May our hearts burn with thirst for Him as we spend time with Him in reading the Word and praying.