As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2 (NIV)
There is a thirst within me that only you can satisfy. How do you know this to be true? It took me quite a bit of time to realize that I had a thirst for you within me. It was difficult for me to identify what was missing in my life. Why did I have this emptiness within me, I wondered. Why did I feel like there was a void in the center of my being? I made the mistake of trying to fill that emptiness or void, that was within me, with all that the world had to offer. Comfort and pleasure did not fill my emptiness. Power or prestige or possessions did not satisfy my longing for something else or more or different. I had no idea of what I was longing for or what I really needed. But I was searching. I was seeking. I was looking around and crying out. You heard my cry. You answered my prayer. Yes, I did hear your cry and answer my prayer.
Now, I know something to be unquestionably true. What is that? One of the greatest, maybe the best of all gifts, that you have given to me is a thirst for you. Am I like a deer panting for water? Is that what my soul is like? Or am I more like a thirsty person crawling across a sun scorched desert floor in search of water? Both describe me. For that, I am thankful. For that, I am grateful. I know without a doubt that you have set me on fire with a desire to come to know and love and follow and serve you with all that is within me. My heart burns within me for you. Can there be a greater gift than that? No, I don’t think so. All I can say to you is, “Make me even thirstier for you. Fan the flame of my desire for you. Help me to come to know and love and follow and serve you with all that is within me.” This is my prayer. This is my desire. For these, I can take no credit. You have placed them within me. What you have said is true. I have placed these desires in you. I have made you thirsty for me. I have set you on fire with a passion to want to know me. Will I hear and answer these prayers and desires within you? Will I do for you, as you ask? Yes, I will, of this you can be certain Thank you, Lord.
Lord, it is true, I am like a deer panting for water. That is how my soul thirsts for you. What a great gift you have given to me. You have made me thirsty for you. I will go and meet with you. Satisfy my thirst for you. Help me to come to know you intimately. Amen
Key Question… How has having an unquenchable thirst for God been a great gift to you?
Living It Out… Go and meet with God so that He can satisfy the thirst you have for Him.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will satisfy your thirst for Him as you go and meet with Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are coming to know God as you meet with Him.
Prayer To Bless Others… Lord, how will you satisfy my thirst for you as I meet with you today?
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