David writes in Psalm 42:1 "As the deer pants for the streams of water; so my soul pants for You, my God.

"Have you ever been really thirsty? When we lived in Victoria, I decided to c limb the mountain, that when you reached the top you could see the Pacific Ocean for miles and miles. It was quite the climb. After walking upward for nearly three hours I reached the top.One of the things I failed to do was to take water with me, and I was thirsty. So when I reached the bottom of the mountain later, I went to the nearest store I could find and took two bottle of apple juice out of the cooler. I drank one just standing by the cooler. I told the clerk that I had drank one bottle as I paid for them both and then I drank the other one much more slowly.The Psalmist compared physical thirsty with spiritual thirst: "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God." (Psalm 42:1) His thirst was that of a desperate longing for God - the one and only living God. (verse 2)

Do you long for something this world can't provide? This dissatisfaction is a thirst of the soul for God. Run to the One who alone can quench that thirst. "He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." (Psalm 1-7:9)The song writer penned:And Jesus said: come to the waters, Stand by my Side,I know you are thirsty,You won't be denied,I felt every tear-drop When in darkness you cried,and strove to remind you that for those tears I died.

Thought for the week: Only Jesus, the Living Water, can satisfy the thirsty soul.In His Service,

In His Service,

David Dean
Chaplain/Volunteer Coordinator
"This is the day the Lord has made."