As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
Make your goal to wake up each morning with a hunger and thirst for God and to live each day with this desire always present in your soul. Will we desire God as the Psalmist desired him? Will we be like the deer, panting for streams of rich delight in the presence of our God?
Too often today we believe God will make us happy by giving us safety or security or strong marriages or good finances or well-behaved children or respected work positions or any of a million other things. God may well grant us such things and he does tell us to seek some of these but God’s ultimate end for man is that we enjoy him forever and in so doing bring him glory.
We often have to cultivate love. When I had my first cup of coffee I barely made it past a few sips. After years of repeated exposure my struggle today is ensuring I do not drink too much. As Christians, we have love for God given to us at salvation. The Spirit stirs in us the love of Christ. But it is love we must nurture each day by spending time with him through prayer and Scripture.
If more of our time is spent focused on the world through television and other means, we will nurture a love for the world. We must nurture our love for God. Let us pray for the day when we continually say with the Psalmist, “My soul thirsts for God.”