“As the deer panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God”. Psalm 42: 1
The deer found in the emotional psalm was probably wearied from the heat of the summer season or exhausted from his predator’s hot chase or wounded from the arrow of the huntsman. Overheated and stressed from the run and chase, the wide-eyed, white-tailed stag yearned for fresh water from a brook to quench his burning thirst and escape his predator. That is how the psalmist David felt – he deeply desired the cooling –calming presence of God as the deer desired the cooling-calming water from the brook. David not only desired relief from his depression and enemies but He desired God Himself. He knew communion with God was necessary for his survival – it was a matter of life or death.
And that’s what we need when our lives are dry and parched; we need a hearty drink from a brook that satisfies. Sometimes, we find ourselves in a never-ending trap of yearning one fulfillment after the other. We end up panting after more academic credentials, more favor, more humanitarian commitments, more fortune, more prestige, more relationships; all the while, drinking from broken cisterns, that are no better than sieves. Christ is the only source that proves to be eternally satisfying. It’s a one-stop satisfaction encounter with Jesus. Be like the deer who forgets about the hunter when he finds a brook –focus only on the God who satisfies. Pay attention to His love – take note of EVERY detail. Concentrate on His sovereign control for God is a brook that satisfies.
When the deer finds the brook, he bends down to drink and dips himself in the water. We too must bend down in worship in the presence of God and allow His grace to refresh and revitalize our spirits. God has promised to refresh the weary. “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” Jeremiah 31: 25. God knows best how to re-energize our dull spirits and fill us with hope anew! God is a brook that refreshes the pursuer.
Did you know just as the deer is the target for the predator, we too are the devil’s targets? He multiples his trappings and darts, the moment, we decide to live according to God’s standard for our lives. Thankfully 1 Peter 5: 8 gives us solid counsel and tells us what to do: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour….” We have to be aware of the triggers that intoxicate our spirits and impair our ability to detect a dart/distraction sent our way. We must exercise inner vigilance to spot anything which diverts our attention away from our source of peace. God is our protection from ourselves when our emotions overcome our wills. He is a strong tower whom we can hide in when hard times threaten to tear us apart. He is a place of solace for the heart that has no sense of belonging. God is a brook that protects.
Peace, love and blessings,
Scripture of the Week
“God, the one and only— I’ll wait as long as he says. Everything I hope for comes from him, so why not? He’s solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul, an impregnable castle: I’m set for life. My help and glory are in God—granite-strength and safe-harbor-God—So trust him absolutely, people; lay your lives on the line for him. God is a safe place to be.” Psalm 62: 5 -8 (The Message)
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