Psalm 42:1-2 (ESV)
“1 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?”
Pant – to breathe in a labored manner; to long eagerly.
Have you ever witnessed a dog running on a hot afternoon? I have two dogs and many friends with dogs, so I have came across this situation many times. The dog runs around in blistering heat and then when it stops to cool itself down, the first thing the dog will do is look for water. However, if the dog cannot find water it will begin to PANT. This panting is an attempt to cool itself down, while also letting everyone around know that it is thirsty. If not given water fairly quickly this panting can become rather extensive. The heart begins to beat inside of its chest at an abnormal rate, common to the symptoms of a humans anxiety attack. The fact is that this dog is over heating and recognizes the fact that it desperately needs some water to cool down.
By now you are probably wondering where exactly I am going with this. Well in this Psalm, David is crying out to the Lord and uses a rather abnormal term to describe his spiritual state. This word really stood out to me as I was reading the scriptures. The first thing that came to mind was my dog, who pants regularly, then the thought of humans panting came to mind. First was how many humans actually pant and then how many humans should be panting. Some of you may be saying, well that’s because I’m not overweight so why would I pant? However, the question is how many of us should be panting?
When we get thirsty we merely get up and walk to the fridge and grab a cold beverage. On the other hand, what are we doing when we are beginning to over-heat spiritually? Do we recognize this type of over-heating? Do we believe it is a state we can control on our own, by changing our environment, or do we seek the LIVING WATER?
The Word of God tells us in Psalms chapter one that if we stay planted near the stream of water we shall be sustained, not in want and in due season shall bear fruit. To stay planted near that stream, we must take time to give thanks (worship), pray (honor), and water (read HIS word).
There are going to be times when the enemy will attack you, some days more than others. None the less, the devil is always on the prowl, we must continuously pant for more of the Lord in our life. It through Him and through Him only that we will be sustained, that we will be prosperous and through Him that we will spend eternity in Heaven. Strive to see His face a little clearer today! God Bless.