Psalms 42:1-2 (NLT) 

1 As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.
2 I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?

Psalms 63:1 (NIV)
1 O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.


Oh, may my soul not find its rest until it finds its rest in Thee! – Augustine of Hippo


As the deer pants for the waters

So my soul longs after Thee

You alone are my heart’s desire

And I long to worship Thee

You alone are my Strength and Shield

To You alone may my spirit yield!

You alone are my heart’s desire

And I long to worship Thee

[Martin J. Nystrom, composed in 1981]

Nowadays, we don’t get to see a deer much often. We only see them in TVs or if we go to a zoo. Well, if you live in the savannah perhaps it will be a common sight. And even if you see them much often, you don’t get to see them up close and personal. A Deer is a shy creature. A slightest sound from anything, would spook them that might send them away running.

A deer that lives in the forest or jungles are usually far or hidden from sight. But something happens when times are rough and food or water supply is short. When there is drought, water holes begin to shrink. And these shy creatures of the forest come out and search for remaining water holes.

When this happens, they are not the only animals that seek water. Predators will be present seeking the same thing. And they come by the droves. There will be lions, hyenas, and a whole lot more. But under the muddy water one of the most dangerous and monstrous creatures lie in wait. There are crocodiles even larger than zebras [think horse with black and white stripes]!

A deer would come out, drink from this water, and risk their lives just to renew their strength that was sapped by the thirst. They will face danger until the rains come back again and renew the face of the land.

A man by the name of Augustine said, “Oh, may my soul not find its rest until it finds its rest in You!”

May our hungering for the heart of God fill us and become the lifelong pursuit of our lives because the chief end of man is glorify God and to worship him forever.

It is Tozer who reminded us in his book, The Pursuit of God, that we must not forget that God is a person. And we have a relationship with him that can be cultivated as any person can. As a person, we are able to know other people not by one encounter alone. It takes time to know someone. God thinks, wills, enjoys, feels, loves, desires, and suffers as any person may. He communicates himself always to us through the avenues of our minds, our wills, and our emotions. It is the soul’s paradox indeed to have found God and pursue him still.


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