Like the deer, the Psalmist longs for fellowship with God and His people in the temple at Jerusalem because only this can quench the thirst of his soul. There was in his life and at the core of his being a vacuum that only God could fill. There were other longings and needs, but no matter how successful he was in filling those other longings, without the knowledge of God and daily intimacy with Him, life would be, like a gerbil on a treadmill, without real satisfaction.
Finding happiness without true and real fellowship with the living God a cry for reality would be like a dog chasing his tail cf. These words expressed his longing based on his experience of separation from Jerusalem. In other words, God had used the afflictions of life to sensitize or to awaken the Psalmist to his need. Undoubtedly this statement expressed the despair of his soul brought about by his experience of the futility of anything else to satisfy the deep longings of his soul. And why have you become disturbed within me? His despair was not just over his sufferings brought about by his enemies, but over his separation from the great place of worship where he experienced the presence of God at the temple.
With the impossibility of that in the moment, he determines to remember reflectively on those days in the temple. We may know and believe the theology of the Psalmist and express his sentiment and even declare it to others, but I ask you as I ask myself, how well have we faced the reality of this in our own lives? How much have we experienced this thirsting like the deer panting for the water brooks? Or have we become desensitized, callused, and so unable to recognize the symptoms of seeking to quench our thirst at the wrong fountains? To what degree has this reality, the reality of the barrenness of the details of life and the inability of other things to quench our thirst and give real satisfaction to our souls, truly affected us so that it has begun to change our values, priorities, and pursuits that we might, like Hagar, have our eyes opened to see the well that God has provided and go there to fill our skin with the water of His life?
And she departed, and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba. Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. This Psalm gives us a similar scenario to Psalm 42 only this time it is David who is separated not from the temple, but from the sanctuary of the temporary place of the Ark for the temple was not yet built. But the principle is the same as above.
David was exiled in the desert, a dry and weary land which David saw as a picture of life without closeness and intimacy with God cf. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. So the Psalmist closes this section with a statement that becomes a principle and a promise that extends over into the spiritual life as well—God alone, as a universal rule of life, is the one who satisfies the thirsty soul.
Not only does He care about and meet our needs physically and spiritually, but He alone can meet the core desires of our lives—the source of our satisfaction. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Thy doings; I muse on the work of Thy hands. Again, we have a psalm of David in which David is under affliction or suffering and separated from the place of worship and intimate fellowship with the Lord before the Ark.
Here again we have the same analogy. Without God and a life of intimate fellowship and dependence on Him, our soul becomes like a parched and thirsty land, thirsty for the refreshing waters of intimate fellowship where God is our prime source of life and happiness.
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For I will pour out water on the thirsty land. And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring, And My blessing on your descendants;. This passage falls within the great Messianic section of Isaiah that looks forward to the coming of the blessings of Messiah. Instead of the judgment that so characterizes most of chapters , Isaiah speak of restoration, the coming of Messiah, and the blessings of the millennium.
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Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David. The preceding chapters have foretold of the coming of the suffering servant who must die for our sins This is followed by anticipation of coming blessing, of regathering and restoration of Israel. It declares the inability of the things men typically put their trust in to provide for meaning and satisfaction in life—things like money, professions, possessions, position, praise, and pleasure.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Here the Lord invites us to do two things: Why does the Lord do this? First, because the fact is He alone can quench our thirst. Man was created for God and at the core of our being is a vacuum that only God can fill. But second, because all other routes to joy and meaning represent strategies for living that bypass dependence on the Lord alone.
They are our means of trying to maintain, in some measure, the control of our own lives which we are so reluctant to turn over to God and rest in His care. Because we do not want to lose what we think we need for our happiness. We desperately cling to that which cannot fulfill our lives even though it means being eventually caught in the trap of our own making. My friends, it is imperative that we evaluate and recognize the source and nature of our strategies by which we seek to make our lives work, our routes for joy, security, and significance.
As to their nature they represent our greedy self-centeredness and self-indulgence by which we seek like mad to find happiness and satisfaction cf.
These things have their roots not from our basic needs or our deepest longings, but in a spirit of independence. They stem from our determined commitment to act independently of God in our pursuit of significance, security, and satisfaction.
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Besides the basic immorality of many of the lusts of the flesh, it is this that make the lusts of the flesh so wrong and why coveting is defined as idolatry in the Bible. Finally, we must recognize that most of our human strategies for quenching our thirst are centered in what is fleeting or passing away in a temporal world. Ultimately then, when we face the variegated pressures of life, part of our pain and suffering comes from the fact we are seeking to live independently of the Lord and because we are looking to the wrong things for our happiness or for what only God Himself can give.
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The great purpose for the upward focus is to learn to be more Christlike and that means learning to live more and more dependently on the Lord and less dependently on the details of life Phil. Like the woman at the well I was seeking For things that could not satisfy; And then I heard my Savior speaking: In a world hot in pursuit of quenching its thirst with everything but God, Tozer wrote:. In the midst of this great coldness toward God there are some, I rejoice to acknowledge, who will not be content with shallow logic. Have you experienced the presence of God? Max says that we must be hydrated in our spirits as much as we need to be hydrated in our physical bodies.
Physically, if we deprive our bodies of necessary fluid, our bodies will give us signals and tell us. Dry mouth, thick tongue, achy head, and weak knees are all symptoms of the fluid level growing low in our bodies. If you notice snarling tempers, waves of worry, growing guilt and fear, Max says those are all symptoms of a dehydrated spirit. Lord, I come thirsty. I come to drink, to receive.
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I receive your work on the cross and in your resurrection. My sins are pardoned, and my death is defeated. I receive your energy. Empowered by your Holy Spirit, I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. I receive your lordship. I belong to you. And I receive your love. Nothing can separate me from your love. Max says he has offered this prayer in countless situations: He says that many people are engaged in church events, but those things alone never satisfy. He says we must allow Jesus to do to our spirits what water does to our bodies.
We must let Him penetrate our hearts. How do we do this? Max says that we should not dismiss the warning signals. Max says we need ceaseless communion with Jesus in order to be satisfied. Once Max was watching a baseball game and lost his cable connection.