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As the Hart Panteth, So Panteth My Soul

Psalm 42:1, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”

This is a wonderful verse, and there is a song based on this verse called, “As the Deer.” The verse talks about a hart, or a deer. It talks about how the deer pants and longs for water. As the deer desires and longs for water, so should our desire and longing be after the Lord.

A deer cannot go a long time without water. An adult deer drinks water about 3 to 5 times a day. They constantly need it to keep going. The same should be true about us and the Lord. We should not go a long time without the Lord. The longer a deer goes without water, the more they desire it. The longer we go without the Lord, the more we should desire Him.

If a deer goes without water, it will die. As a Christian, if we go a long time without the Lord, we will be spiritually dead. We need God in our lives to be spiritually alive. Comparing a deer’s need for water with a Christian’s need for the Lord is such a simple comparison, but it is a good one. How’s your desire for the Lord? Do you long to spend time with Him or are you spiritually dead? If you aren’t spending time with God like you should, start today. (No, this deviation along does not count as your Bible reading.) As water keeps the deer going in it’s life, God will help us keep going in our Christian life.

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