“As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!” Psalm 42:1,2,5,6
One night just before going to bed I heard a hunting dog howling in the distance as it chased something through the surrounding hills and meadows. Early the next morning I looked through our patio door and there lying on the door mat was one very tired Bloodhound. I opened the door patted her on the head and retrieved a phone number from the collar. I called the owner thinking he would come and get her, but instead he asked if I would mind giving her some water and letting her rest. “She knows the way home, she’s just tired,” he said. So, I placed a bowl of water by her. She stood, drank two bowls, and laid back down for a while. Then, just as her owner said, after resting she headed home.
Anyone who has genuinely experienced the presence of God will find themselves desperately longing for it always. Its absence leaves the godly heart dry, tired, and spiritually drained. The Psalmist longed for God’s presence comparing the experience to a deer in desperate need for drink from a stream.
Nothing can quench the Christians thirst but the presence of God. Without Him we become disoriented, discouraged, and hopeless. However, within His presence exists peace, internal joy, and genuine life.
I hunger for Your presence, O God, for therein lies my refuge and hope. There is light in Your presence. There is serenity in Your presence. Worry and discouragement subside and You and Your word take up my cause while I rest in Your presence. Amen.
“Morning by morning He wakens me and opens my understanding to His will.” Isaiah 50:4