Thirsting for God

Wednesdays: The Psalms
Psalm 42

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Take time for your inner person to become quiet. Be as the deer thirsting for water brooks until you sense the deep longing for God that lies at the base of your being. Every person thirsts for God with great intensity. However, if the pangs of thirst are anesthetized, then life goes on searching for the dry riverbeds of the world—wealth, fame, pride, human respect. It is easy to thirst for these, missing the deeper brook that flows within—the Living Waters of the Spirit in Christ Jesus.

Read the opening verse of this psalm slowly, repeatedly, until your soul awakens to its thirst for God. Then let the rest of the psalm carry you along the “stream” of images that will lead you more and more to the source of your life in God who alone can quench your thirst.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
As a deer, I long for You. v. 1
Pouring out my soul to You v. 4
By day, Your love; by night, Your song v. 8
Hope in God; I’ll praise again.v. 11

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This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
one each week over the three-year cycle.

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One thought on “Thirsting for God

  1. I drafted a comment upon reading this, and now a week later I realized I never posted it…..
    At mom’s church they often begin worship with “As The Deer Panteth” from the Faith We Sing hymn book. It inspires me and I find myself going to it “in my head” at any given moment during the day…’s refreshing and soothing.

    I’ve been thirsty this past week, with so many emotional swings in my life….and  having loved ones hurting and having to watch them in their suffering and sadness and asking God for the right words to say…or not to say. Through my unspoken words came love and support….and eventually I became a listener, as their feelings were shared openly with me.

    I cried through this Psalm, even reading through it a second and third time. God, you remain faithful. Thank you for walking with me and guiding me this past week.


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