East Wemyss (Fife) view across the Forth.
Photo by Alan Kearns.


As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.

Psalm 42:1 (NASB)

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!

13 thoughts on “Drinking From Heavenly Streams

      1. Not really out of the danger zone…we have woodland right next to our house which is often set alight by fire raisers, but praise the Lord the firestation is not far away. There was a small fire about two nights ago when I was alerted by the smoke and then the lights of the fire engine. There was a big fire yesterday that threatened the perimeter of my son in laws distillery he works at, if the fire reached that it would have made some serious noise.

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  1. Amen, brother. Your post made me think of the scripture, “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and He adds no trouble to it.” There are many ways to define wealth, one of which is to drink and eat at the Lord’s table. What a place to be! Blessings to you and the Kearns clan.

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