Friday, March 30

As a deer…

Scripture: Judges 8, Psalm 42, 1 Corinthians 15

Psalm 42:1-2 As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God.

2 I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?


The psalmist pictures himself as a deer thirsting for a stream of water.  He longs for God like the deer longs for water.


I have moments of longing for God like this—I wish I had more.

The psalmist seemed to be struggling with depression on the inside, and opposition and hardship on the outside.  Those drive us to God with a sense of desperation and longing.  When everything is going well, we tend to be more content—we aren’t as thirsty for God.

But the truth is that there are always desperate needs around me.  I have several this week that have driven me to fervent prayer—crying out to God with a sense of desperation and longing.  Part of my prayer this week has been, “Lord, break my heart with what breaks Yours.”  And there is plenty that breaks His heart.

Prayer: Lord, break my heart with what breaks Yours.  And create in me this hunger, thirst, and longing for more of You.  Don’t let me get content—and stuck.