" As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?"
Psalm 42:1-2 NASB
The Judaean Desert, the place of Jesus' temptations.
Can you imagine a panting deer seeking this oasis? For the deer it means life. King David sought after
God for the same reason. Life. David had a big thirst and his desire was to know when he would appear
before his maker. That was to be his soul satisfying moment.
We can now experience Christ's living water, and no longer need to wait to quench our thirst.
[ The Thirsting Soul Satisfied in God. ] [ A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. ] “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1NASB
Have you ever stopped and thought about what Jesus meant when He said, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst;”? (John 4:14NASB) I have. His water is the word of God. “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.” (John 6:63NASB) Drink deeply!
We may be in the wilderness, but God has provided an oasis full of living water. Two springs fill God’s Biblical Oasis, the Old and New Testaments. This well of living water will never dry up. Drink and watch His life spring up. “but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (John 4:15)
The photo was taken from a spot, off the beaten path, overlooking the Judean Desert, the wilderness of Christ’s temptation. Jesus drank from the word of God when tempted by Satan. He overcame and so will we, but we have to drink. If you have wandered for a while you should be very thirsty. Drink!
"Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, 'If
anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture
said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified." John 7:37-39 NASB