Psalm 42:1-6, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God”
One can only move because there is a reason for the move. The psalmist gives us a picture of what his hunger and thirst is like. I don’t know much about the deer’s but I believe that when they are thirsty for water, they run to find a place to drink water and they stick there until they are filled. Anyone who is not thirsty will not run around looking for water and anyone who is not hungry will also not run around looking for food. Praise be to God that we are in a place where our souls can pant after God because we haven’t had enough of Him. The Samaritan woman kept on going to the well to get the water that could only quench her thirst for a season but when Jesus appeared and talked to her about the eternal water, she began to pant for it, John 4:15, “The woman said unto Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not”. The bible also says in Mathew 5:6, “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled“. We need to hunger and thirst again for God and the things above. The bible says in Romans 14:17, “The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost”. We are not panting after the material or the natural things, we are panting after righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. We are calling on God of heaven to send His kingdom down we hunger for, the King and His kingdom
Psalm 42:2, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?”. There is a person who thirst so much for God that he can’t wait to be in his presence. When the Samaritan woman was thirsty, she tried to satisfy her thirst with men in her life, tried different things. In our age, people try to satisfy their thirst with drugs, sex, drowning themselves in work, getting more of materials. Funny thing, they do temporarily. The Samaritan woman was offered the best water to fill her thirst and we too have been offered the same. I know that at times I drag to find the Lord and at times I’m not thirsty enough to really pant more to find Him. My desire and prayers is that my soul shall thirst for the living God, always desiring an opportunity to appear before Him. I cannot be satisfied with anything if He does not fill me.
One thing I like about the psalmist is the fact that he can tell he is not where he is supposed to be. He knows by what he remembers. Psalm 42:4, “When I remember these things, I pour out my soul within me. For I used to go with the multitude: I went with them to the house of God, With the voice of joy and praise…”. A place of remembrance often tips you if you are progressing or not, drifting back or not. In his remembrance, he realized he lost the hunger and thirst he had and desired it back. We like the psalmist need to be brought to a place of remembrance where we see that we are not hungry for the word like we used to, not thirsty for prayer like we used to, not thirsty for the Holy Ghost conviction like we used. We become lukewarm when we are supposed to be hot. We become satisfied with the little we have when He so has much more to give.
Psalm 42:5, “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance”. As you go through spiritual dryness, it’s easy to begin to feel down. Feeling like you have messed up big time and there is no way you can rise to the level you were once before. I would pray like the psalmist and speak and ask my soul this question, “Why are you cast down?, you can’t’ cry over what you lost, it’s not over until God says it’s over, rise up and put your hope in God”. God can only fill us if we are ready for to be filled. The psalmist looked at his situation and saw where he gave up and how his soul went into despair but he refused to stay in that condition. If you and I are going to thirst, it’s time to awaken the soul and speak hope into it by yet praising Him for the help of his countenance (Appearance of His face).
Hunger and thirst will change the way you think, your actions and the direction you take. Regardless of what you are into or have been to, you have a reason to thirst for more of Him again to be filled of Him. That part of you that has gone cold and content needs to be wakened that we rise and to go down to his well, river, stream for filling. I want more so I thirst for more that He may fill me to over flow. Psalm 81:10,”I am the LORD your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it”. Blessings Ev