DCLM Sincere Milk 2 DECEMBER 2021 — Thirsting For God
TOPIC: THIRSTING FOR GOD
TEXT: PSALM 42:1-4
1 (To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.) As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?
4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
Key Verse: “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:2).
Hart is the name of an adult male deer. This animal can run at an amazing speed of 60 to 80 kilometers per hour. The hart always seeks water brooks. The animal recognizes that its survival depends on water. So, it seeks water all the time. Water is very important for our survival too as humans. Life depends on water. Lack of water causes dehydration and fainting.
In our text, the Psalmist likens his desire and hunger for the living God to that of the hart or the deer which pants after the water brooks. His heart panted after God as somebody desperately in need of water or air to survive. This represents an intense (strong or deep) passion for God. He loved God so much that he desired to appear in the presence of God all the time.
A heart like that will always want to pray, sing praises, read God’s word, meditate on God’s words and goodness, talk about the goodness of God to people, and always desire to be in fellowship with other children of God. Also, such a heart will always desire to make heaven where he can live in the presence of God forever.
Is your heart like that? Do you love God with all your heart and always desire to be in the presence of God? Pray for grace to love God with all your heart, and never allow anything to take the place of God in your heart.
Prayer: Lord, give me the grace to love You with all my heart always.
Further Reading: Matthew 22:36-40