Thirsting for Living Water

Friday August 7, 2020

Today’s Reading: Psalm 42

As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God. 

Psalm 42:1

Meditation: We are in constant need of God. In despair, the psalmist cries out to God, longing for Him as desperately as a deer that is parched for water. To be in the Presence of the Lord Almighty is not only a delight and a joy, but a necessity for the psalmist. His need for God is more urgent than his need for food. It is likened to extreme thirst. Humans can survive for weeks without food, but only days without water. God is like water: without Him, the psalmist will perish.

To be satisfied from thirst by the Living God is to be completely restored. Those of us who have come to God with joy and thanks do so in celebration because of having experienced this refreshment from Him. There is no other way to know the fullness of restoration other than from God’s Living Water. So when the psalmist feels overwhelmed by the depths of his own despair, he puts his hope in God, knowing that the depths of God are more than enough to overtake the depths of his depression.

Whether or not we realize it, we all are in desperate need of God. We quickly become emptied and parched without Him. We risk our lives when we refuse to drink of the Living Water which is offered to us. Our diligent search after Him must be like that of a deer which combs the forest for a running stream. Once the deer finds its reliable source of water, it has its fill and quickly adjusts its life to stay nearby it, so that it will not perish. Let us also continue like the psalmist in remembering our need for the Eternal and Living God. Let us live our lives nearby Him at all costs.

Prayer: Lord God, my life is in Your hands completely. Every aspect of it is sustained by You. Thank You for the life You’ve given me today, and thank You for eternal life that You’ve given me by Your Son. As I seek You, Lord, continually draw me near to You. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, that I might always be full enough to be poured out for Your purpose. In Jesus’ Precious Name I pray, AMEN.

Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Acts 5:17-42; Deuteronomy 25-27; Job 16

2 thoughts on “Thirsting for Living Water

  1. God Bless You extra plenty today for this devotion. I have been on a rollercoaster for days and days and only faith and trust in God keeps me tethered. His grace is so awesome – especially in the storms. Perhaps because I am an old lady now, or because of the particular storm I am currently weathering the reminders of God’s grace in trial and tribulation in Job have been really resonating with me and I had always had a little difficulty with old Job when I was younger. David’s example of being fully human and flawed but continuously seeking God; regardless of the ‘weather’ – emotional or climatic – trusting Him is the only hope.

    I like language and history very much and I am very conscious of all the feet who passed before me, I try to always take a ‘long’ view and when times are hard financially or emotionally difficult – well because, being close and open with others can be painful, but not being is no way to live – I try to remember that I am not a tired pioneer woman who walked here from Nebraska, or a starving Chumash indian child, or a lost soul in the dark without a clue just cruel nature and the vagaries of the struggles for life, and I don’t actually have to go back so far – I am grateful now for all the many many blessings I have and even those of which I am not generally aware and I do daily thank God for the Glory of his love and try to remember first that this is the day the Lord hath made and I will be glad and rejoice in it and know that he has purpose for me and His Holy Spirit is here to sustain and nourish me in completing it. I just have to trust, and obey. I am talking in hymns now so I will close.

    Just wanted to make sure you know your bread cast on the water is so very nourishing to me and I love and appreciate you for it.

    It appears my sisters are leaning towards an assisted living facility in Palm Springs, though there is also a small lovely gem of a place in Sierra Madre originally started for British Ex-Pats, and I would love to see her there, not only because it is closer to me but because it is less institutional and may feel like less of a punishment. I am not paying anything so it will be what thems that pays buys. I am returning to work and standing by for what they feel I can do to help – so far just calling and looking stuff up. But I do trust God to guide us all through whatever is coming. Anyway that was just a wee update. Thanks for all your love and support.

    Be well, and see you Sunday…. I am sorry I missed Wednesday, but was having dinner with my sisters to discuss all this.

    Love, Jo


    1. SO blessed to hear that today’s devotional has brought you nourishment, Jo. All glory to God! Yes, Job’s experience is so hard sometimes to sit with, but he and David do share some similarities, don’t they? Either way, both testimonies bring such great reminders to us of God’s sovereignty and grace for us all.

      We love you, Jo! Continuing to pray for our Lord’s unmatched Sovereignty to reign as you and your family take your next steps together 🙂


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