Relief for a Thirsting Soul

Every summer we get a kiddie pool for our dogs to help them cool off. Being "kiddie" pools they aren't made for the paws and claws of two good-sized dogs. Therefore midway through summer the pool is unable to hold water and my dogs are looking anywhere for shade and a place to cool themselves. This summer we got them a pond pool as it is a bit more durable, and the dogs are loving it! It has been a a hot summer and when it showed up two weeks ago they got in and began enjoying lapping up the water and reclining in it.

"As the deer pants for streams of water,

so my soul longs for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."

-Psalm 42:1-2

As David says here we all can be like my dogs at times, panting and thirsting, but not because of the heat. We long for the living God. It's not just our physical body, though. David says "my soul thirsts for God." That is a depth of thirst that goes beyond mowing in 90+ degree heat. David tells us where this panting and thirst come from:

"When can I go and meet with God? My tears have been my food day and night,

while men say to me all day long,

'Where is your God?'

These things I remember as I pour out my soul:

how I used to go with the multitude,

leading the procession to the house of God,

with shouts of joy and thanksgiving among the festive throng."

-Psalm 42:2-4

Sounds familiar, doesn't it? David sound like he is living in July 2020. Some of us are sinking in despair and depression as our tears are our food day and night. We remember the joy of spending time with friends and family and joining with the "multitude" in entering the house of God. And hardest of all are all of the mocking voices asking, "Where is your God?" The loudest voice sometimes coming from within saying, "Where are you, God?"

My hope is that as you pant and thirst, you recognize that it is God that you are longing for as David did. But even moreso, my hope is that you recognize that He IS there. He is the stream of water that is always near for those who thirst. He is STILL the Good Shepherd who will lead you through no matter how bad things look. He listens as you "pour out your soul." He does not delight in our suffering. He longs for us to turn to Him when it occurs.

It took my dogs a few minutes to discover that this odd-looking black tub was a source of cooling relief for them, but once they did they never turned back. May you not take long to turn to God, the only one who can provide the relief for a panting and thirsting soul.



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Mellette, SD 57461


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