“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.”
No matter the promises from billboards and internet pop-ups and the hundreds of instantly-gratifying enticements the world daily offers, this stands true:
As a deer thirsts in a distant field and yearns for flowing streams of water, your soul’s deep thirst quenches only in the presence of the Lord.
He alone is the friend who completely understands, the brother who never leaves, the King who wields all power and authority with wisdom and justice. (Rev. 5:12) Counterfeit joys lure and grant immediate satisfaction, but they flow as a dried-up stream bed when compared with the satisfaction the real Joy Giver gives. (Ps. 42:1)
O Father, satisfy us with Your presence alone. We want to long for You. We want to desire You above all else. Do in us whatever needs to be done so that we might see rightly, that Jesus might reign as Lord and King of our life.
Painting: Deer in a Field, Albert Bierstadt, 1885