A Heart that Panteth after God

Psalm 42:1

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

A “hart” is a stag or male deer. In the fields of ancient Israel, there were plenty of deer. They are beautiful creatures, and very swift.

However, they are a pitiful sight when they become very thirsty. A hart that pants for water would rush to brooks or streams or water-holes to drink. Often they would be in danger as the predators would pounce on those thirsty and weary creatures.

Though a thirsty hart may look pitiful, its resolve to find water is very commendable. Nothing would deter it from getting to the water to quench its thirst. So should every one of us in our desire to come to God to have a
close communion with Him. True godliness or piety is reflected in the soul’s desire to draw nigh to God. Every worshipper, when he comes to God, must be like a thirsty hart.

As you come today to His presence, is your heart eager to be united with Him? Let your mind be keen to know God and His good will. Let your heart be enthusiastic to be comforted and strengthened by His Word. Seek ye the Lord, like a hart that pants for water.

Prabhudas Koshy