Friday, March 23, 2018

January 9: The Very Life and Breath of Holy Love

Water BrookAs the hart [deer] panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”  (Psalm 42:1)

The very life and breath of holy love … the depth of longing beyond human desire.

Today’s verse paints for us a picture of intense desire, unquenchable thirst, and unfathomable longing for nothing other than God, yet still more and more of Him. The Psalmist describes his thirst and desire for God, not the rituals, the ordinances, the sacrifices, but his desire was for the person of God, to know Him, to love Him, to embrace Him—the Living God. He recognized God as the Fountain of Life, the only Fountain that can quench a truly thirsty soul.

It is his soul that pants, his soul that thirsts, which tells us not only of his sincerity, but also of the strength of his desire. His longing is compared to the panting of a deer which is naturally hot and dry, especially after being hunted. So does the Psalmist’s gracious soul desire communion with God, showing impatience, exemplifying NEED of the TRUE thirst-quencher. Nothing short of this sweet communion with God could ever hope to satisfy this longing; no pleasure known to mankind could ever suffice.

In comparison to the Psalmist’s plea for an encounter with the Ever Flowing Fountain, how strong is your desire to know God, to love Him, to embrace Him?

Lord, I must confess that there are many times my desire to commune with You is not as intense as it should be, but I am so thankful for the Psalmist’s words today which provoke me to long after You, to thirst after You, to desire You more than ever before. Father, I accept this challenge to reach for a deeper communion with You as I find myself seeking after the very life and breath of holy love found only in knowing You in a greater way than ever before.  Lord, I thirst for You, amen.

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”  (John 6:35)

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