As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. Psalm 42:1
I was reflecting on this verse the other day as I watched the movie 127 Hours, which tells the biographical story of mountain climber Aron Ralston, who became trapped by a boulder when climbing in Utah. He was trapped for 127 hours, which is where the name of the movie comes from.
In his entrapment he becomes more and more desperate as he runs out of water and even drinks his own urine to survive. He eventually does break free after his five day struggle and the movie portrays his desperation for water alone when he finds a pool of water in one of the crevices of the boulder. He puts his face to the ground and drinks up whatever he can. As he runs into other people who are hiking he tells of his story as he begs for their water, drinking up all that he can get.
It was a great movie, but that is not the point. The point here is a reflection of what our lives should look like in relation to God. We should long for Him so as the Psalmist puts it that we are like a deer panting for a flowing stream. We should long for him in desperation like Aron Ralston for water.
In most cases this will be displayed through your public life in worship, but not as a way of a show, but as a sincere longing for the one true God. In many of our lives this is not how are longing for God would be described, rather He more often then not becomes a by product of our lives if convenient. Why? Because most of us are not at a point of desperation for God, but perhaps we need to be. So what about you? Do you long for God as if desperate for water?