First Verse, a journey through the Psalms: Psalm 42

As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
(Psalm 42:1, NLT)

I asked myself, how does a deer long for a drink of water?  And what would make her do so?  

A hot day.  The scorching sun.  Possibly running from danger.  After all, a deer is at the mercy of the elements.  And has little in the way of defence and must flee from threats.  

She is left dry, thirsty and tired.

Can’t we relate? We often feel at the mercy of the cirmcumstances around us.  So much is beyond our control.  The culture heats up over different issues.  We find ourselves surrounded by fears, negativity and questionable responses. And we hear our enemy prowling around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8, CEB).  We fear it might be us.

We are left dry, thirsty and tired.

What would the deer do in her situation?  Lament over her thirst?  Feel sorry for herself?  Demand somene to give her water?

No, I imagine she looks for water to quench her thirst and when she finds it, she drinks.

So where do we find our water?  The Psalmist say, like the deer longs for water, he longs for God.

We, too, can look for God like the deer looks for water.

Jesus tells us ask and we will get, seek and we will find.  (Matthew 11:9, MSG)

Jesus also tells us we should ask him for a drink and he will give us fresh, living water and we will never thirst again.  (John 4:10, 13, MSG)

Let us ask for what he has to give us.  Then we will be filled, quenched and refreshed.  

Heavvenly Father, when I am deeply discouraged, I will remember You. You are the source of my strength and each day you pour out your unfailing love upon me.

Grace & Peace


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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