AS THE DEER PANTS FOR WATER
As the deer pants after the channels of water, so my soul pants after You, O God.
(Psalm 42v1 Literal Translation)
The deer runs over the dry parched ground and as the hours pass by, it suffers terrible thirst. It’s such a weakening thirst that it threatens the creature’s life and survival. There are dangers all around and predators just await their opportunity should the creature falter and stumble.
Sometimes our Christian lives become such a struggle and like the deer we come to the end of our own resources. When, like that deer, we crave for fresh water with a thirst that cannot be ignored, then we will look to the Giver of living water – the waters of the Holy Spirit that bring spiritual life, spiritual refreshment and renewed spiritual power.
In its prime of life, the deer is swift and acutely alert. In difficult and rocky terrain this beautiful animal is sure-footed and confident even on the steepest mountainside.
What is the spiritual parallel here? Is it not that you, Christian, in the prime of your spiritual life, are alert and highly sensitive to the callings of God, the promptings of the Holy Spirit in your innermost being? Is it not that you find the difficult terrains of life manageable because of your sensitivity to the presence of God in every circumstance? When a steep mountainside, or a mighty river confronts you, hindering your natural and spiritual progress, do you rely on God to show you the pathway over or through these hard places of life? Or do you see only your own little strength and faint at the way ahead?
The deer has its God-given instinct, to deal with all that its natural environment brings to its daily experiences. It is programmed for survival both in the natural world by its bodily form suited to its habitat; it’s also programmed in the deer’s innermost being by the instincts built into its mind and sub-conscious by its Creator, who knows all things that will confront the animal during its lifetime.
The deer becomes desperate for that fresh cool life giving water that will ensure its survival day by day. How desperate are we for the Living Water from our Living God, who gives all things good, without measure or discrimination? Let us look into His life giving word, open ourselves to the enlightenment of His Holy Spirit, and drink from the well that never runs dry.
As we allow the scriptures to feed and refresh us; as we seek wise counsel from mature Christians and trustworthy Pastors and teachers, we will gain refreshment and encouragement similar to the deer’s life giving water.
The deer pants desperately for the life giving, life sustaining water from the brook. How desperate are we for our regular drink of that spiritual water so necessary for our daily lives and spiritual strength for each and every day? The magnitude and urgency of our desperation is the measure by which we will seek and find His spiritual supplies for our every need and circumstance.