As the hart panteth after the water breooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:1-2)

Man's best friend, his dog, is not the only animal that pants when weary and thirsty. The Psalmist uses the hart [male deer] in his illustration. It is easy to visualize a deer running away from a predator and working up a thirst. He is not only in search of a refuge but also for refreshment at a bubbling brook.

As a young girl in Upstate NY, I frequented a natural spring in our rural neighborhood during hot summer months. I got on my knees, learned over the edge of the spring, cupped my hands to hold water and then gulped it down. The water was always ice cold, clear, refreshing and quenched my thirst.

Through a health couch, I have learned that as we age our natural thirst mechanism begins to fail. If we wait until we are extremely thirsty to drink sufficient water, we are waiting too long. We unknowingly place our lives in danger. Dehydration in the elderly is common.

Have I allowed my spiritual thirst for the LORD to wane? He alone provides living water.

If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (John 7:37b-38)

Father, increase my spiritual thirst for you and for your word. In Jesus name. Amen.


Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth’s The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter by Tyndale Publishers.