Friday, January 29, 2016

Panting for Water

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When can I go and meet with God?

                                                            --Psalm 42:1-2

The Psalm is familiar, the song taken from the Psalm is familiar, yet we continue to encounter people whose soul pants for God, like a deer panting for streams of water.

The wire fence at the back of my property has seen better days.  It has been repaired several times, but numerous deer crossing that fence daily make it impossible to make my back yard secure.  Beyond the fence is pasture land and the deer enjoy spending daytime hours in the shaded grass of the pasture.  Every evening about sundown the deer come across the fence into my back yard, walking down one side of the house, headed for the creek a block away.  It's their daily trek for water.

How important is water to you?  Depending on where you live, water supplies may be plentiful while other locations may find inadequate water supplies and water usage has to be regulated by  municipalities. Regardless, man and beast continues to have a need for water.

Even Jesus spoke to the woman at the well about water.  He told her he could give living water, and those who drink it, would never thirst again.  That's quite a promise, especially when given to humans like us, who recognize the need for water daily. The picture becomes much brighter when we realize Jesus was inviting people to himself. 

Here are a few lines for you to sing to yourself this weekend......

"There is a river, and it flows from deep within
There is a fountain, that frees the soul from sin
Come to this water; there is a vast supply
There is a river, that never shall run dry."


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