As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
As I read this familiar verse by David I stopped to ponder the thirst of the deer in the glens of Scotland seeking water from the mountain burns, and how often we may thirst too. In these hot summer days I for one have been drinking a lot of water; the heat dehydrates me so fast I am literally gasping for a drink. In such times nothing beats a long cold glass of Adam’s Ale, it certainly revives me. I am sure I am not alone in this seasonal need for rehydration.
It is worth remembering David had the knowledge and heart of a shepherd from his youth; he knew the thirst of the deer from personal experience of the hills and fields. Animals don’t drink for pleasure but from real need to carry on living. It is a fitting illustration by David to liken his thirst for God in this way; that he too was spent and rather than river water he was in need of Divine Water from Heavenly streams.
Dear reader, as refreshing as a Scottish mountain burn may be it doesn’t match the presence of God our Father, in the good and bad times. The burn refreshes the body : He refreshes our soul. What can possibly be as precious as His presence around us and by our side? As we take joy in His presence He covers us in showers of His blessings!
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