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)
As I lay my head on the pillow one night, I heard a dog howling in the distance, running through the surrounding hills and meadows. The next morning, I discovered a very tired Bloodhound asleep on our doormat. I opened the door, patted her head, and retrieved a phone number from her collar. I called the owner thinking he would want to immediately retrieve her, but instead he asked if I might give her water and let her rest, “She knows the way home, she’s just tired.” So, I placed a bowl of water by her side, she stood, drank, and laid back down. After she rested, she headed home.
An experience in the presence of God forever embeds within the Christian a thirst to remain there. The absence of his presence leaves the heart dry, tired, tempted, and spiritually drained. The psalmist longed for God’s presence comparing the experience to a deer desperate for drink.
Nothing quenches the Christians thirst, but the presence of God. Without him we become tired, disoriented, discouraged, and hopeless. In his presence we abide in peace, joy, and in the fullness of life.
Lead me to your presence, O God, for therein lies my refuge, strength, and hope. Your presence is the path of refreshing, renewal, clarity, and peace. Amen.
“And don’t let us yield to temptation.”