As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. Psalms 42:1 (KJV)
Psalms 42:1 (AMP) AS THE hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God.
The deer, or stag, mentioned here is one found in the dry, arid desert seeking water to quench his thirst. There is an intense yearning to find water, without which, life will soon be over. He,‘arag, longs for or pants after the, qypa ‘aphiyq, that is, the channels or ravines that carry the water springs or refreshing streams of the waters that bring and sustain life.
Beloved, our soul, like that of the Psalmist, should yearn after the Source of all life, Almighty God Himself. The word, soul, is the Hebrew word, nephesh, and it speaks of the very essence of a person, their desires, appetites, passion, thoughts and will.
There is something missing, and very wrong, when someone who is, supposedly, born-again can approach God haphazardly or casually. The life of the true believer becomes wrapped up in the Person of the Holy One and continually yearns for more of Him with each passing day.
Every facet of our being is focused on His refreshing Presence for we are bound in the bundle of the life of God Himself (1 Sam.25:29b).
Galatians 2:20 (KJV) I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
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