Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson
"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, 'Where is your God?' These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go with the multitude, leading the procession to the house of God, with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng."
I think almost everyone has experienced times of great thirst. On a blistering hot day nothing tastes better than a glass of cool water. I do not intend to focus on our physical thirst, but on our spiritually parched throats.
Hunger is a need that may be suppressed for many days without harm. Fasting in fact has been shown to have positive aspects and is thought to be beneficial to the body. Thirst, on the other hand is something which cannot be ignored. The dehydration of the body can quickly lead to death, as we have seen the tragic reality of in recent years with the deaths of athletes who exerted themselves in hot temperatures.
What about the spiritual dehydration of believers? Let's try to imagine what that looks like, and to see if you may be suffering from the ailment. David speaks in today's Scripture about the days when he led the procession into the house of God. Now, while we may have fellowship with the Lord wherever we are, the assembly with the people of God is special. Notice that David refers to the "multitude" who went to worship.
The idea of a multitude may range from a group of twelve or of twelve thousand. The importance is not in the number, but in the desire of the multitude to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
One of the symptoms of spiritual dehydration is prolonged absence from assembling in the house of the Lord. It leads to isolation and vulnerability to the temptations of the flesh.
Another symptom of spiritual dehydration is not spending time with God in personal communion. That means praying with the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit and reading His Word to hear Him speak to us. Is that a choking sound I hear? How long has it been since you and God met for a visit?
We are all cut from the same cloth. We are like the deer that is pursued by the predator and finds that we are ready to collapse. It is time for a drink from the springs of living water.
David wrote in Psalm 23 that the Shepherd of our soul leads us beside quiet waters. It is by the quiet waters that it is safe to drink. By rushing rapids or swirling pools, there are dangers. But when we are led by Him, we need not fear, and our thirst will be satisfied.
I feel better already! This is the answer to a spiritually parched throat! Time spent with God and time with God's people!
Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!
--- Pastor Cecil
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