“As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm 42:1, 2.
As I read through online articles this week, this particular passage stood out. “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Psalms 42: 1, 2.
If you will for a moment, picture King David on the run from his adversary, before him, is an empty cave. He retreats inside, as he catches a breath. Suddenly, a deer appears on the run from those that may be hunting to kill it. The deer stops at the water brook to take a drink, listing careful for those hunting him, but yet standing still long enough to refresh itself with a cool drink from the water brook.
Immediately, David is comforted by the deer. God uses this illustration, to remind King David of his position and encourages him to take a drink from the living water. For that reason, David reflects and recalls; “O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”
As believers this passage should come as an encouragement to us. No matter how much we face throughout our daily lives, we must take a moment to reflect. We must be like the deer, on the battle field running for our lives from the adversary, but willing to stop and read God’s word to refresh and remind ourselves of the promises of God.
God promises to never leave us or forsake us in our time of trouble. King David’s life is a reflection of a faithful God in time of trouble. David encountered much as a King at the hands of others and through his own selfish desires, however, his heart remained faithful to God.
Therefore, my encouragement to the household of faith never permit bitterness, discontent, wrongful acts of others, and un-forgiveness to cause our hearts to be removed from God. God word reminds, us that we must forgive in order to be forgiven. Be like the deer, although the devil is out to destroy us, take a moment and refresh and be comforted that; “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it”. 1 Corn: 10: 13.
Peace and Blessings!