Of Thirsts & Time

What volume of pain did the Psalmist endure before being enabled to pen these verses?

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)

Surely it was from the desert, that arid and wearisome land of travail the Psalmist learned to thirst?

You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)

What amount of suffering is required for a man's heart to echo the Psalmist, for his greatest thirsts to be meeting with the Lord?

The Psalmist learned to replace the natural hankerings Babylon, with supernatural yearnings of meeting with Heaven. No longer would he spend his time pursuing the futile and the decaying, instead he hungered to approach God.

The author of this Psalm found his new thirsts had drowned his old ones. He was drawn to change his behavior. Now the author loved the ways and presence of the Lord so much more than anything the world could offer.

When I crave the life of heaven more dearly than the life of earth I have been blessed of God. I delight in choosing to spend my time and consume my energies differently.


When God changes what my heart longs for, then I change what my hands turn to.

Today's Soul Snippet:

Humility, compassion and meekness please the Lord.

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