As the Deer Pants for the Water

Psalm 42:1  

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.

Our deep need for God can be compared to hunger and thirst. Our need for spiritual sustenance is even more important than our need for physical food.

As Jesus Christ said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4; quoting Deuteronomy 8:3).

Jesus also pronounced a blessing on those who seek diligently after God: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

For more about seeking God, see our section on “Prayer, Fasting and Meditation” and the section on “Bible Study.”

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