Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018


Read: Psalm 42:1-4

MEMORISE: As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God (Psalms 42:1)

In this memory passage, the psalmist compared his yearning for the living God to the longing of a deer for water. In verse two, he says, _My soul thirsts for God, for the living God_ .The animal's need for water to sustain its life forms a fitting simile for a soul's need of the living God. It is likely the psalmist was in the exile where he had no access to the temple to worship. He says, _when shall I come and appear before God?_ *(v. 2)*. To appear before God is as much the desire of the upright as it is the dread of the hypocrite (cf. Psalms 63:1-4).

The psalmist was in very discouraging situations: People mocked his relationship with God, and God seemed very far away. He felt cast down, weary, confused, and hopeless. Yet, he knew his only hope was to appear before God in His sanctuary to express his mind before Him (vv. 3-5).

Learn to develop strong hunger and thirst for God *Psalms 42:1*. If you lack that kind of yearning, ask Him to give it to you. God delights to satisfy our hunger and thirst for Him (Isaiah 55:1-2; John 7:37-38).

If you truly long for God, you will equally long for two things. First, it would prompt you to long for His house *(Psalms 27:4; 84:2)*. In Psalm 69:9, the psalmist says, _Because zeal for your house has eaten me up_. If you truly have a heart devoted to God, you will never be at ease to stay somewhere when the service is going on in your local assembly. You can't have such a heart and remain a perpetual latecomer to the church programmes, you would also be a contributor not a perpetual consumer.

Second, longing for God will prompt you to be longing for God's Word (Psalms 119:20,131). It is a sign that you lack a devotional heart, if you always complain of not having time to study your Bible, regularly and punctually attend Bible study sessions and Sunday school class in your church. Repent!

1. Lord, draw me nearer to You more than ever before, in Jesus' name. 
2. Oh God of mercy, grant me the heart to always long for You.
3. Pray to God to create strong eagerness in our church leaders to seek His face always, in whatever they plan to do.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Exodus 22 - 23 & Mark 7

Remain Blessed!