As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. (Ps. 42:1 NKJ)
David uses the imagery of a deer longing for water in a time of famine to express a profound spiritual truth. It might be a little difficult for many of us today to fully comprehend the verse above because we have never been exposed to famine in our cultures. Famine still does exist in some places today.
In ancient Palestine, water was life. The absence of rain meant widespread famine which will cause untold devastation and death of both people and animals. David uses the case of a deer that approaches a drying river or stream and longs for water while literally dying of thirst.
As the deer pants for water, so does the soul of the Psalmist longs after God. Spiritual thirst is a longing for the life of God. Man needs God, whether a believer or a sinner. God is not just the Giver of life but He is life itself for in Him we live, move and have our very being.
The agonizing thirst for the living God was forever quenched when we received Christ and drank of the living water from heaven( the Spirit). The greatest need of every human being is life, and that life comes from God and that life is God Himself(His Word). There are billions of very thirsty souls out there. They are thirsty for something, and they do not know what it is. Christ is the Fountain of living water to quench the thirsty souls.
We continue to thirst for a deeper intimacy with Him every day after salvation. Spiritual thirst is a good sign for a healthy spiritual life. A soul that is not thirsty for more of God is certainly not in good spiritual health. Thirst is good. Cultivate it. Hunger and thirst for Him more and more.
Do we still hunger and thirst for God as believers even after we have been saved? ( e.g 1 Pet. 2:2).
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Spiritual thirst is the dynamo behind spiritual fullness. Thirst essentially means desire so after you receive God’s life as a Christian, you continue to thirst for God in the sense that you continue to desire more of Him. If you are not hungry or thirsty, you will not be filled. Thirst for more of His presence. Thirst for more of His power.
Ask the Lord to ignite a holy thirst in your spirit for more of Him.