Thirsting for God – Psalm 42:1 | 2-minute meditation


Today we meditate on Psalm 42:1, which asks us how much we truly desire God.

Psalm 42:1
To the choirmaster. A Maskil of… (visit YouTube for more)


Psalm 42 is a beautiful Psalm, and we’re just going to focus on the first verse: To the choirmaster, a Maskil of the sons of Korah. As the deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.

This is a picture of a deer that is desperate for life sustaining water. Can I say that about myself, that I call out to God desperate for him to sustain my life?

This is a challenging question that the Psalm asks of us. Are we panting? Are we hungering? Are we longing for God?

Because if we’re not awoken to that kind of hunger inside us yet, we need to ask the Holy Spirit to grow that desire. Because there is nothing, there is no one that can satisfy us like the living God who made all of this.

How do we become like the deer panting for flowing streams? We have to recognise that God is everything to us. If we’re not yet at that place where that desire is blossoming, then all we need to do is ask because God wants to give himself to us and he wants us to want him.

Lord God, please make us long for you. Sometimes our senses and our desires for you are deadened. Awake us, Lord. Make that desire rise in us because you are beautiful and righteous and good and all we need is found in you, God. Amen.

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