Psalm 42:1 – “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.”
Are you a person who really longs for God? When you wake up in the morning, do you really enjoy to be in His presence and feel His love? Nowadays, people long more for their mobile phones to see their WhatsApp and Facebook messages, even before communicating to God. The psalmist David, longed to be in the presence of God, just like a deer longed to drink water (Ps. 42:1). King David’s soul longed for God’s judgments at all times. (Ps. 119:20). His greatest desire was to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life and enquire of His temple (Ps. 27:4).
Simeon longed to see Jesus before he died. And it was revealed to him by the Holy spirit that he should not see death before he had seen Jesus Christ. When he met baby Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation…” (Luke 2:25-35). Anna the prophetess also longed to see Jesus. She did not depart from the temple, but served God with fasting and praying day and night. She longed to be in the presence of God in spite of her old age (Luke 2:36-38).
When you are going through parched situations in your life, does your soul long after God (Ps. 143:6)? Do you long for Jesus’ Second Coming? Many of us certainly await His coming, but for those who do not, the apostle John warns in Rev. 1:7 that “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.” People who have hardened their hearts and rejected God have to face the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgement of God (Rom. 2:5).