Lessons from King David: Thirst

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for Thee, O God.  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God? Psalm 42:1-2

In this Psalm, David is a physically far away from home.  Verse six reveals that he is on the peaks of Hermon.  This would put him on a mountain range that starts at least 40 miles north of the Sea of Galilee.  If he were on the outer edge of this range, he could be over 60 miles away from the Sea of Galilee.  It is probable that he yearns to be closer to home in order to be closer to the tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant.  The implication here is that he is far away from the presence of God, because the Ark of the Covenant was the symbol of God’s presence.

It would also seem that David is spiritually far from home.  He is in despair, he is disturbed, and he has been weeping bitterly.  He even mentions that he feel like he has been forgotten by God (v. 9).  As we see the picture of a deer panting for water, we are given a picture of a drought, a time when everything is dry and shriveled.  This is a picture of death, and David probably feels like he is spiritually in a very dry place, if not near death.

There are times in our lives when we feel like we are far away from God.  Sometimes, we may even feel forgotten by Him.  These feeling may be a result of difficult adversities that we are facing or the direct result of our own sinful actions.  In either case, we should feel a thirst for God that can only be quenched by His presence, and the living water that only He can offer.

Once we earnestly reach out to God in His holy place, He is sure to reach in to us and heal our hurts, mend our wounds, and satisfy our thirst.


1 Response to “Lessons from King David: Thirst”

  1. 1 Ben
    June 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Reminds me of another scripture where David said God was his meditation all the day.

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